What’s a summer camp?
The concept of summer camp is pretty self explanatory, besides which most people have been at some point themselves. Camp can be a great way to spend a summer and it will provide your child with a lot of great experiences that will help to prepare them for the future. Every kid can benefit from going to summer camp.
A summer camp is place where children and teenagers can spend their summer participating in a variety of different activities. Traditionally summer camps have been located in the woods and have offered a wide variety of outdoor activities. While these camps still exist they are not as popular as they used to be. These days most campers will attend a specialized type of camp that offers specific activities that they are interested in. These camps have become much more popular than the traditional camp.
The way that camps normally work is that the campers will go and spend a part of their summer in a location that is set up specifically to provide the camp. Normally there will be cabins on site that they will stay in. These camps offer a variety of activities like hiking, swimming, canoeing, crafts and many other things. The camp may last anywhere from a week to an entire summer, this will depend on both the camp itself and the age of the campers.
The move towards specialized camps offers kids a chance to participate in activities that they are more interested in than would be possible at the regular camps. These would include things like computer camp, music camp or magic camp. While these camps offer the specialized activities they also offer some of the same activities that kids at a regular summer camp would participate in, though obviously not as many.
Another trend with summer camps is for parents to send their kids to camps to deal with specific issues. Far and away the most common of these are weight loss camps. The rise in childhood obesity has made these camps very popular. They offer the same activities as other camps but include a weight loss program. There are also camps that are intended to help make the campers better students as well like SAT prep camps.
Clearly there are a wide variety of summer camps available which can be both good and bad. On the one hand it does give your child more options of the type of activities they can participate in. On the other hand it can make it hard to find the right camp. This is especially true for the specialized camps which will not only require that you determine your child's interests but also their skill level. The wrong camp can be a miserable experience for your child so you will have to make sure that you choose wisely.