If teenagers had it their way, many of them would probably choose a summer break that consists of hanging out with friends, watching television or playing video games, an occasional vacation and most importantly, avoiding schoolwork. You can't blame your teen for wanting to relax and enjoy their summer freedom, but that doesn't mean you can't also encourage them to try something that promotes personal improvement and social opportunities.
According to the American Camp Association (ACA), more than 11 million children and adults attended camps in 2010, and this number is a testament to the many benefits that come from participating—at any age.
ExerciseAs technology continues to play a major role in the upbringing of today's youth, summer camps remain an ideal opportunity for kids to leave the phones and computers behind and get active. Many camps consist of a variety of activities throughout the day that promote exercise.
If your child is an athlete, try finding a sports camp that gives them a chance to stay busy and prepare for the upcoming season. If your teen has yet to identify a preferred sport, consider a camp that gives attendees a chance to try something new.
Social OpportunitiesOutside of the classroom, summer camps are a great way for teens to socialize and meet new friends. Local camps are usually made up of participants from schools in the nearby area, and this gives your teen a chance to meet students that attend different schools.
As teens grow toward adulthood, camps can help them develop social skills in a more mature environment. Encouraging your child to try a summer camp will put them in everyday social situations that can prepare them for college and beyond.