Why go to Camp

A Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play developed by Professor Susan Herrington, MLA, University of British Columbia, and Dr. William Pickett, Queen’s University, is endorsed by the Canadian Camping Association. It’s informed by the best available evidence, interpreted by Canadian experts representing fourteen organizations and reviewed by sixteen hundred stakeholders.

Summer camp is a great life skills coach. The experiences and possibilities are endless. Here are just a few of the skills your child can learn while attending a summer camp:*

  • Independence
  • Social interaction
  • Sharing
  • Turn taking
  • Self-care
  • Learn to participate and enjoy group/team activities
  • Develop awareness of own body and movement skills
  • Develop fine motor skills
  • Responsibility
  • Learn new skills
  • Overcome challenges
  • Making new friends
  • Basic problem solving
  • Begin to better appreciate social conventions
  • Experience a growing awareness of the feelings of others
  • Identify with and model behaviour of significant adults
  • Regulate their own emotions with increasing success
  • Improvement in agility, balance and co-ordination
  • Taking responsibility for actions
  • Learning how to ask for help from people other than their parents
  • Understand the strengths and interests of peers
  • Able to resolve conflicts with reduced adult intervention
  • Increased awareness of own physical skills and how they appear to others
  • How to make decisions one their own
  • Pushing themselves beyond their comfort zones
  • Fair play
  • Building self-confidence
  • Initiative
  • Empathy

*selection reprinted from Camp Pages April 2014 www.CampPages.ca