Summer Camp Helps Prepare Kids Developmentally
At Miss Amiee’s we like to think of our summer daycare as camp, we even have sleepovers and fun field trips. We think this way because kids, even preschoolers, need a break from the monotony of school. We also have some children that come for just a few weeks in the summer. Camp prepares children differently for life experiences.
According to Psychology Today, summer camp makes kids resilient. While camp offers different ages different benefits, it does offer universal benefits at any age. In general, camp helps all children with coping strategy development by providing seven basic concepts:
- It offers new relationships with other children and trusted adults. It develops negotiation skills when they negotiate on their own for things that they want.
- Camp helps build identity by finding things that they are good at and can do well.
- It helps kids feel like they have a little control. They become more competent and these experiences make them better problem solvers.
- Camp treats all children the same and thus fairly.
- Camp offers kids a chance to belong.
- Camp gives kids fresh air, exercise and a routine. It promotes a healthy lifestyle and gets kids out from in front of the t.v. or electronic devices.
- It gives them a change to understand others and maybe learn about different cultures.
Even at a young age, camp shows kids resilience to make good decisions through out life.