A great, traditional summer camp for boys and girls can serve as the third leg of the support system for your child’s personal growth and character development during his or her most fundamental years.
Schools educate; parents house, feed, protect and model values; traditional camps will relieve the modern day build of difficult pressures, reinforce key values, inspire happiness and joy and provide a safe place that enables your child to risk being his or her true self.
The 12 Secrets of the Great Summer Camp
Emphasize in everything we do the twin pillars of individualism and community. These core concepts will benefit a camper for the rest of their life.
Traditional overnight summer camps are able to do this because of three principle constructs in their essential design:
- They offer a 24/7 full immersion experience
- They promote an integrative approach toward bringing out and developing the whole young person
- They operate in a completely kid-centric world
These three constructs separate out the great traditional camp from the thousands upon thousands of alternative summer programs that exist. They also provide the front line of defense against the increasing fragmentation and busyness that have come to rule a good part of our children’s lives.
Where a specialty camp would seek to teach a child all there is to a specific sport or creative endeavor, for example, the great traditional camp might enable a young person to specialize but only in the context of a broader, enveloping curriculum that aims to develop and bring out the whole individual.
And unlike a day camp, which lacks full immersion, or a short term “taster” session, which lacks longevity–a, traditional summer camp offers the capacity for week-by-week programs that build exponentially one upon another respecting both personal growth and skills development. And, importantly, the great camp provides solutions for problems that come along with fragmentation and busyness.