Why a Summer Day Camp experience is important
Sure, summer camp is about having fun, learning new skills and enjoying the warm weather outdoors. But what you may not know is how beneficial summer day camp can be to your child. The camp experience is recognized by child development professionals as valuable in helping children mature socially, emotionally, intellectually, morally, and physically. Here’s the top 10 reasons why a YMCA Summer Day Camp is the best!
Time in the great outdoors. At a YMCA of Central Ohio day camp, 90% of the child’s time is spent outside. This allows children the opportunity to explore, play and be active outside of the YMCA’s four walls.
Meeting new people and making new friends. At a YMCA of Central Ohio Day Camp, counselors are encouraged to foster inclusiveness and a sense of community amongst their groups. Children can make new friends, learn from one another, and meet people that are (or aren’t!) like them.
FREE Swim lessons. Water safety is a critical part of summer at the YMCA. At day camp, children receive daily swim lessons that help them develop life-saving skills.
Character Development. The YMCA infuses the four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in daily activities with the campers. Learning and having an understanding of the four core values helps children develop into kind and caring adults.
A reduction in Summer Learning Loss. Studies show that during the summer, kids can show a decline in learning compared to what they experience during the school year. At day camp, kids enjoy activities that keep them learning and engaged all summer long, helping them to retain knowledge gained during the school year.
Gaining a role model. At Day Camp, caring and professional role models are committed to helping kids build confidence and character. The loyalty, dedication and professionalism of our highly trained staff is extraordinary and gives kids someone to look up to. All Day Camp staff are 18 years or older.
A chance to discover who they are. During day camp, kids are exposed to a variety of different hobbies and activities. Exploration of these will help kids discover who they are, and what they have a passion for.
Creating lifelong memories. Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will teach campers lessons, create special friendships and give them treasured memories they will take with them all through their lives. They will end the summer with a renewed sense of joy, responsibility, confidence and an abundance of amazing stories to share.
An active summer. At day camp, kids get what they need to develop physically. This includes fresh air, plenty of play time, and all the good food their bodies need. Day camp gets kids off of the couch and moving!
A sense of belonging. From group chants to team songs, team-building activities and more, children learn what it means to be a part of something.The sense of common purpose and attachment to the identity that a YMCA camp promotes go a long way to offering children a sense of being rooted.
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