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Should I Be Sending My Children To Camp?


Health & Wellness  (tags: Body-Mind-Spirit, children, environment, exercise, health, humans, interesting, society )

Kenneth
- 787 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
Many young people do not know how strong or competent they are or even who they are until they get away from their parents and test themselves in a new and challenging environment. The best camps are FUN, social, and about making friends.



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Kenneth L. (314)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 11:49 am
I've never been to summer camp, no one in my family either, but watching the following video from Arowhon Camp in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada, it would have been a fantastic experience!

Maybe it's just me but if this isn't like the greatest socializing experience for kids, adolescents, and youth I don't what is. Many children, especially girls, make friends for life and keep in touch through their adult lives. Many go on to be camp leaders and of course it fosters a great love for nature and respect and responsibility for it. Which is extemeley lacking in modern city life.

I couldn't find a generic YouTube camp video, so here is a typical Algonquin Park summer camp video from Arowhon Camp (not an advertisement lol).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN6-778h_OQ&feature=related
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 12:10 pm
Thank you Kenneth. I never went to summer camp either...nor my 3 sisters. Many times we went to bed without supper as there was no money for food. At least because our living quarters were so small I spent most of my time outside and developed a great love of nature early in life.
 

S. N. (30)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 12:14 pm
I went to day camp a couple of times during the summer, it was great! It made me get off my butt and run around in nature!
 

Michela m. (3960)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 1:06 pm
My youngest daughter , Jasmine (now 23 yrs old) went to severa Summer Camps organizedby my former Company, Telecom. They were organized in the North of italy, on the Alps, or in Sardinia, on the Beach. They always were a successful experience......
 

Rock H. (254)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 1:29 pm
Looks like a lot of fun and growth for a child in one summer
 

Pat B. (354)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 1:38 pm
My daughter went on Girl Scout trips, and stayed at summer camp for two summers. She learned to canoe, perform first aid, ride a horse, had campfires, learned to read the stars, and mingle with girls her own age. Now at 36, she said that she'd do it all over again, if she had the chance. (Glad she said that, as I was a troop leader for 5 years.) ;-) Thanks, Kenneth for this.
 

Cher Away Moving (1470)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 1:46 pm


I went to camp when I was a kid. Geez seems like a lifetime ago. Oh wait it was! lol I still have a friend I keep in touch with I met at camp too. Many wonderful experiences with lots of memories!! I would love to send my daughter but WOW have the prices ever skyrocketed for camps! Maybe next year? :)

Thnx hun!


 

Milkah Savage (277)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 2:18 pm
I went to camp as a kid that was lead by the reservation Elders and not only did we have fun but we were taught how to respect nature and all the creatures that are aprt of it.
Thanks Kenneth
 

Elizabeth S. (149)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 2:19 pm
I went to Bolton Camp when I was 10, I will never forget and will always remember how great a time I had there. It was a great experience and I would recommend this camp to anyone. Thanks for the post Kenneth and for bringing back my happy memories once again :)
 

z Buffypause o. (101)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 10:34 pm
I went to summer camp, I had a great time!!!
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (388)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 11:14 pm
I remember camp as a negative experience. It was a chance for my parents to get rid of me for several weeks.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (276)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 12:35 am
never been it is not a big thing in Australia
 

Kim O. (398)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 12:38 am
I never got to go to camp. It always looked like tons of fun tho'. I think anything that gets kid's butts outside and away from technology's a good thing! Thanks for this one Kenneth!
 

Pat A. (116)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 1:54 am
Thanks Kenneth
 

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 2:50 am
Thank you, Kenneth... I went to camp for some times... But, not so fun experience in it... Perhaps, one day I will have a great one...
 

ellen m. (222)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 3:34 am
When i was growing up it seems to me the kids that went to camp where the ones whose parents wanted/needed a break from them...my horses served that purpose for my folks:-)
Nowadays though camps seem much different, and they have much more qualified staff for a better all round experience for the kids..

A little more of this kind of stuff and maybe the depression and self confidence issues that kids are being drugged to death because of would decrease...thanks for sharing this Kenneth.
 

Sandrea S. (208)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 6:39 am
My brothers and I went to stay-over camp every summer (different amount of weeks depending on our ages.) I still cherish those fond memories of my youth.
Thanks, Kenneth.
 

Allan Yorkowita (445)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 9:12 am
Two perfect examples: When I was 9, 10 my parents asked me if I wanted to go away to camp, or go the the day camp at the Y- I chose the Y. I was terrible overweight, very sensitive to it, and during that school year, I got my first pair of glasses. Even the Y I hated; I was so self conscience, my time there was miserable.
On the other hand, when my brother turned 10, he gladly wanted to go away. He had the time of his life 2 hours from home for 6 weeks.
Yes, camp is not for all children.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 10:13 am

When I went to summer camp it was a very expensive sacrifice for my parents. It was not the common theme for youngsters to go to camp that was not a "vacation bible school". When my own children went to camp it was much the same kind of camp, but I picked them up at the end of each day. My children both also attended Boy and Girl Scout camps, some were just over night, others for a week at time. It was the kind of learning experiences that can not happen from just a camping trip with the family. Combine learning about nature, wild life and a much different socialization then young people would have in school. My son became an Eagle Scout, and boy scout camp and being a camp counselor helped him learned self reliance and leadership skills.
 

monka blank (81)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 2:06 pm
I certainly would send my kids to camp; they learn a lesson for life, and make friends.
 

Mary T. (186)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 2:18 pm
Thanks Kenneth, I was in the Girl Scouts and spent many summer camps learning about nature, A really rewarding experience for me, my three sons also went on a lot of camping trips in Boy Scouts.
 

Eternal Gardener (743)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 4:25 pm
It's part of the curriculum of my children's school, from primary to high school, building it up to canoe-survival and farming camps etc.
The holidays stay what they are, just holidays :)
 

Tal H. (8)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 5:20 pm
Thanks for the article!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday August 27, 2012, 12:09 am
Zavisi od mnogo toga.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday August 27, 2012, 6:33 am
Thanks.
 

Carlene V. (203)
Monday August 27, 2012, 7:31 am
I went twice. Once to Girl Scout Camp and once to church camp. Enjoyed both times, lots of fun, learning about nature, smore's, swimming, whispering late into the night, all good memories. Our kids did not go away to camp but both went to local day camp through our city and both loved it.
 

Michael Barth (43)
Monday August 27, 2012, 9:27 am
Noted. When I went to camp, I pretty much always had fun except maybe for a little homesickness which I did get over.
 

wayne z. (5)
Monday August 27, 2012, 1:49 pm
I went to camp and it stunk. I didn't like sleeping with all boys. If I were young again I never would have gone.
 

Lynn Geth (196)
Monday August 27, 2012, 3:38 pm
The closest I ever got to summer camp was listening to Alan Sherman singing "Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda, here I am at Camp Granada." Hilarious lyrics but it did sound like fun. I know a few of my friends who went to camp and love it. Learned a lot of things and communed with nature. Thanks so much, Kenneth.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Monday August 27, 2012, 4:44 pm
I remember that song too Lynn. Just a few more lines "Hello Mudda Hello Fadda, here we are at Camp Grenada, And it's very entertaining, And they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining".lol
 

Beth M. (244)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 3:09 pm
Interesting.
 

Edgar Zuim (48)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 5:03 am
The idea of ​​camp is excellent. It's a great opportunity for children and teenagers living closer to nature for a few days and they socialize. It's an opportunity for them to feel that there is life beyond iPhones, iPods, TV, etc..
 

Devon Leonard (54)
Wednesday September 5, 2012, 9:14 pm
Thanks Kenneth...Looks like a super experience awaits these kids....!!
I never went to camp but I got to spend all my childhood summers on my grandparents small dairy farm in upstate New York... Being a kid from the middle of N.Y.C I fell in LOVE with Nature there. I have always been a country girl... The best things in life ARE free !!!
 

Nancy C. (797)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 11:28 am
My folks sent me to a week or two of day camp with the Girl Scouts. My daughter was riding and learning about horses during that time. She worked her way through with a bit of help here and there. Living in farm and horse country helped!
 
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