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Benefits of Camp

The camp experience enriches lives and changes the world.

Camp provides children with a community of caring adults who nurture experiential education that results in self-respect and appreciation for human value. All of the outcomes — self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem, leadership, and self-respect — build personal competencies.

These personal competencies are reflected in the four “C's” of the camp community: compassion, contribution, commitment, and character. For years, campers' parents have reported that when their children return home from camp they are more caring, understand the importance of giving, are more equipped to stand up for what they know is right, and are willing to be more responsible. These are the qualities that will help build a successful nation and a civil society.

Children are at less risk at camp where they have a sense of community, develop intergenerational relationships, and learn through first-hand experiences. Trained, caring adult role models help children feel loved, capable, and included. Camp helps children grow by providing a supervised, positive environment that has safety as a primary commitment.

Camp professionals have enormous power in conveying simple teachable moments . . . special moments of passing experiences touched by the human spirit.

The moments that result in the camp experience repeatedly express the value of people. We demonstrate that value through respect, honesty, caring, and sharing. Through the camp experience, young people learn to understand the strength of mankind. They also develop an appreciation for the qualities required to protect the fragile relationships needed to protect these relationships.

The natural world becomes more enhanced and appreciated. One seeks and appreciates what is real, genuine, and non-artificial. In seeking those qualities in people as well as in the actual world, one realizes the importance of human connections for survival and of the critical connections to our physical world. Campers realize the need to protect not only one another, but also the environment in which they live.

Contribution is valued. Contributions are both obvious and subtle. The benefits of work are both immediate and slow to emerge. Most significantly, although the experience itself is often fleeting, its impact on the human spirit lasts a lifetime. Children who attend camp develop connections with the world.

One must never underestimate the simplest lesson or the briefest wink of time. It may be a star in someone's horizon for all eternity.

Source: https://www.acacamps.org/campers-families/because-camp/benefits-camp

 

 

  

 
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