Ah, the joys of summer camp. Many parents have mixed feelings about sending their kids off to enjoy time away without parental guidance. Sure most of these summer programs have counselors that watch over and keep your kids safe during daily activities and learning events, but there’s something unsettling for some parents about sending their kids off over the summer. Whether you are for summer camp, against it or debating it, it is always a good idea to look at the pros and cons.
Pros of Summer Camp
Learn Vital Life Skills
Your kids may learn how to start a campfire, sew clothing and row a boat. There are many life skills your kids will learn that you may not otherwise be able to teach them.
No worry about Daycare
While the cost may seem expensive, in comparison to paying daycare, summer camp may be more affordable. For parents who work outside of the home, camps can be a fabulous way to have your kids learn a new skill while being tended to, especially with so many summer activities to participate in.
Easy Way to Stay Active
No more worrying about how you will keep the kids active this summer. Summer camp allows kids to learn new skills while being active every day. This is a great way to get them to become highly active kids who engage in more outdoor play when home.
Make New Friends
Summer camp can help your kids make new friends and work on strengthening their social skills. Attending these camp programs will allow them to meet kids from all over the world with different beliefs and cultures, which can help them become more open-minded.
Cons Of Summer Camp
It is Expensive
Depending upon the availability of scholarships, you will find the camp is pretty pricey. The price may outweigh the benefits for you but some parents simply don’t have the budget to pay for these programs.
Could be Overstimulating
Some kids don’t do well with high levels of daily activities. With all of the hustle and bustle of daily summer camp life, your kids may find themselves overstimulated and in turn miserable.
Some kids may suffer deeply from homesickness because being away from home isn’t their norm. Children who don’t often attend programs away from home may also suffer some anxiety. This can be difficult for them to navigate.
While this may not be a challenge for the kids, many moms will suffer anxiety when their children are away from home. It will not be an easy thing to do, especially if you have spent most of your kid’s life with them.
Whether you choose to send your kids to summer camp this year not is completely up to you, but you may find that the pros are pretty valuable. Sending your kids off over the summer months isn’t something to take lightly, so make sure to do your research and find the best-suited camp for your kids.