In the dead of winter, with heads buried in piles of homework or deep in a scarf, kids can only reminisce about days spent diving, splashing, hiking, running and simply relishing the sun at summer camp.
The time to make summer plans is quickly approaching – and many experts, families and former campers see camps and their lifelong benefits as an excellent way for children to make the most of their summer. Camps are considered a good solution to the growing concern about raising bubble-wrapped kids whose parents are overly protective and keep them from exploring their potential. With the country facing a crisis with inactivity, childhood obesity and nature-deficit disorder, camps are becoming an integral part of summer vacation as parents realize the importance of an active lifestyle, outdoor activities and independent living for their children. And with a growing number of camps, charities and tax breaks providing more financial aid than ever before, camps are more inclusive and accessible now for families, regardless of financial background, and spots can fill up quickly. What’s more, camps today are evolving from places known for “roughing it” to family vacation spots, or places where children can enjoy high quality facilities, accommodation, food, attractions and vacation destinations.