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Summer Camp Truths

There are myths about Overnight Summer Camp that may scare parents from sending their child. They think that the typical camp is way too expensive, too exclusive, or too time consuming. Camp has more to offer than just games. Ask your self why you are not sending your child to camp?

However, these days there is no such thing as a typical camp. The more than 8,500 camps across the country offer something for every budget, interest, personal schedule, and ability.

Below are a few summer camp facts:

* The activities at camp are diverse. Among the most common activities that camp directors added to their program last year are mountain biking, performing arts, travel camp, and all types of water-craft activities, such as canoeing and boating.*

* A research project, conducted by the National Camp Evaluation Project, which studied the impact of camps on children with disabilities, reported that “campers made positive gains during camp in various areas (self-reliance, independence, communication, self-esteem, etc.) that carried over to home and community settings.” All of the camps used in the study are ACA accredited.

* The most popular session length of camp is one week, followed by two weeks, then one month.

* Today many summer camps are no longer out in nature but are held at a university or even at the local shopping mall. Regardless of the facility the benefits of summer camp can be felt.

*The above facts may dispel some camp myths , bit the biggest myth is that summer camp is all about fun. The benefits to young people of a summer at camp have long been discussed and more recently evaluated. What are they? Simply put, they are opportunities. Opportunities not exclusive to camps but rather concentrated at camp, where under the direction, supervision, and influence of caring counselors, young adults can learn to become more independent, more confident, more self-aware, and more giving toward others. These are just some of the life lessons learned at camp says Stephen Wallace, M.S. Ed.

To find out more about Kids Summer Camps selection visit the www.summercampadvice.com

Swift Nature Camp is a Summer Camp in Minnesota, for boys and girls 6-15. At SNC we blend traditional Overnight Summer Camp activities with a nature and Science Summer Camp.

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