Education – There are opportunities waiting for your middle school student at camp. They can pick up some new skills and refine some older ones at the same time. Some or much of what they learn can also be used when they get back in the classroom in the late summer or early fall. Instead of your kid in front of the TV or computer for much of the summer, think about how educational camp can be.
Friendships – Part of growing up means making new friends along the way. With that in mind, your child can make some new bonds when they are at camp. Even if the camp only lasts for a short period, there are opportunities to come away with friendships. Those friendships can persevere even when there is distance involved. With phones and the Internet, your child can stay in touch with one or more of the new friends they made at camp. Given the middle school years can be a challenge, having friends to talk to and share experiences with is a help.
Growing – While you may well want to hold on to your kid’s childhood years forever, the truth is they have to grow up. That being the case, going off to camp can be a great opportunity for them to do some growing up. The independence they get of being away from home can do wonders for them. If it is their first true time away from home, this can be even better. Your child might return from camp a new individual. What was once a shy kid could be more open after having attended camp and been away from you for a while.
Research the Camp Options
With camp sounding good to you and your child, one of the big keys is taking the time to find the right one.
So, get online and do some research.
You can either Google the name of a camp of interest or check out its website if you have it.
Once you are on the camp website, delve into what they have to offer, how long they have been around and more.
Along with Internet research, talk to other parents you know who’ve sent their kids or will be sending them to camp. That feedback can prove invaluable to you.
At the end of the day, attending summer camp can be one of the best choices you and your child ever make.