Camp season is upon us & to help you help your kiddos get ready, we’ve lined up some guest posts by LeAnne from Inter-Varsity Camps! Enjoy & post any questions you have for LeAnne in the comments!
If you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for what’s next in your child’s development. I want my kids to grow up to be responsible, well-rounded, considerate contributors to the betterment of our world. And because of that, I’m kind of on yellow alert to make sure I don’t miss an important piece in their development.
For me, one of those critical components is a camp experience. Why camp? Because camp provides kids with an opportunity to build independence and self-confidence, make new friends, and improve their attitude towards physical activity, among other things. How do I know? I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I’ve watched shy kids slowly let caring camp staff into their lives, smiled as a camper tries an activity or sport for the first time, and seen the joy on their faces as they hug a new camp friend they hardly knew a week earlier. If you’re curious, check out some research that came out at the end of last year from the University of Waterloo. Dubbed “The Canadian Summer Camp Research Project,” this Canadian, 5-year study of the impact of camp on children provides proof of the positive impact of the camp experience on campers. Researchers explored the outcomes of the Canadian summer camping experience. Campers’ behaviours, attitudes & values were observed by their leaders at the beginning & end of camp, and with those observations, researchers looked for changes. Among the findings:
- New friendships are developed, often with people different from themselves;
- Positive approaches to resolving personal conflicts;
- Improved attitudes towards physical activity (a worthy outcome, given childhood obesity rates, sedentary lifestyles and obsession with technology);
- Growth in self-confidence & independence.
If you haven’t yet completed your summer planning, consider a camp experience. Fill in a critical piece in your kids’ development. You might want to check out a contest offering 20% off a week at camp for new campers at: www.pioneercampcontest.com?blog=
About the Author:
LeAnne is married and is the proud mom of 2 boys, aged 6 and 8. Both boys are quickly becoming veteran campers as LeAnne works as VP Camping for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. In this role she is responsible for leading the work of 9 Christian camps across Canada – 4 Pioneer Camps and 5 Circle Square Ranches. When she’s not working, LeAnne loves hanging out with her husband and her boys, bike riding, playing Wii, and making music together.