More and more, child development professionals, educators, psychologists and the news media are reporting on the wide-ranging benefits of summer camp. For us at Schodack, incredible growth in areas like social skills, independence, friendship-making and resiliency are things we have always associated with the camp experience and it is gratifying to see them written about and discussed more broadly. Now more than ever, parents can feel confident that when they choose to enroll their child at camp, they are providing them with an amazing gift that will help guide them in countless ways.
There have been some excellent articles on these topics, and we wanted to share some of them with you:
1) In this Huffington Post article, psychologist Michael Thompson (author of “Homesick and Happy”) gives his argument for why camp is important. He even tells us what college admissions officers think about applicants who have been to camp.
2) This New York Times Op-Ed stresses how important it is for children to be engaged with nature and points to some interesting research on what a walk through the woods can offer.
3) This brief post from the American Camp Association highlights five of the top reasons (aside from just being fun) why children should go to camp.
4) Here’s an interview with Leah, a former Schodack staff member, for her college on the incredible experience she had as a Group Leader.
We hope you enjoy those articles and let us know if you would like to see more….we have a lot! While we’re at it, take a look above at another great example of camp in the press – Camp Schodack on the cover of New York Family! We were thrilled to make the cover of their special camp edition!