So many kids do not get the proper mental and physical stimulation they need during their childhoods and those who do not cannot be blamed for it. It is the responsibility of parents, teachers and communities to come together and produce a healthy, year-round structure for kids to be able to consistently be able to interact with others and be able to continually learn and grow. School is not enough and with a 30:1 kid to teacher ratio, there is only so much that the public and private school system can do even if that ratio is slightly more favorable. Summer camps for kids are a great way to keep the learning curve going during the summers while introducing kids to outdoor, nature activities that are stimulating and eye-opening. This can be a wonderful opportunity to expose any child to something they might have never known about or been able to participate in and can easily develop into something they are passionate about.
Finding the right summer camp can be a little more involved for some parents than others depending on their kid’s individual sensibilities and interests. In many cases, a parent may not be looking into a kids camp for any other reason than to help expand their child’s horizons by introducing them to ideas and activities they have never seen before. In other cases, a parent might think that it is important for their kid to further hone a particular talent of theirs, so they find a camp where their kid can focus and get instruction regarding a sport or interest they possess that will help them play or understand it better. Whatever the case may be though, any parent who wants what is best for their kid knows that they have to learn ways to push them out of their comfort zone so they can learn new things, be comfortable in unfamiliar environments and be able to meet and socialize with other people.
Summer camps can provide interactive and fun ways for kids of all ages to socialize and interact positively with one another in a safe and supervised environment. Those who are the more introspective type and are less social can also find independent activities and sports where there is not a great deal of interaction with other kids. Team sports can turn a lot of kids off of sports in general if they are not provided with other options and summer camps usually offer independent options. There are more sports that one can play or participate in by themselves than there are team ones and an outdoor summer camp that offers kayaking and rock climbing for example, can turn a kid onto a new and exciting hobby. Those who can find solitude and a new level of concentration when doing something like rock climbing may feel like summer camp was worth it just from discovering this activity alone.
Kids have plenty of free time at overnight summer camps so they can socialize and interact naturally with their peers. There are all kinds things that they can do during scheduled activity time as well and most camps have options that the kids can pick from that interest them the most. Local summer day camps are available in every State as well if a parent or kid is not completely comfortable with the idea of being at camp for an extended amount of time. Overnight camps require much more overhead, thus they are more expensive and depending on the budget, a day camp may be the only option. With day camps, parents can normally pack a lunch for their kids or sometimes a lunch is provided as a part of the overall cost of the camp. Overnight camps not only have room and board costs included in their pricing, but there are often other expenses that are not that a parent needs to make important note of.
Every summer camp should have a website that includes information about the things that parents are expected to provide for their children so they can arrive fully equipped at camp for the activities they are going to participate in. Common items that a camper at a nature camp should have is a sleeping bag, rain coat, water bottle, matches, sleeping pad, compass, hiking boots, hat, bug spray, pocket knife and a functional long-trip backpack. Sometimes a few of these items can be provided by the camp or rented from them, but in most cases each child should have every item on the list of required supplies in order to be considered properly prepared.