Whether your child is six or 16, summer camp is a gift you can give them to help prepare them for the next stage of their lives. And, if you think you can’t afford summer camp, think again. There’s no reason it has to cost an arm and a leg. At Foundations For Learning, our focus is on making sure each and every child has fun, and is exploring and learning, not on squeezing every last penny out of their parents.
Creating a Community
We love the idea of camp as a community for children. We didn’t coin that phrase, it is the brainchild of the American Camp Association.
It is important for each stage of a child’s development for them to learn new, age appropriate social, emotional and physical skills.
Social Skills, Emotional Growth
Children of all ages benefit from making new friends, exploring new environments, and exposure to diversity in multiple forms. They learn that the world is much bigger than them, their school, or their family unit. They make new connections and gain a sense of belonging that is different from what they get in any other life experience.
Each of these experiences helps them become more curious, develop a sense of their own personal values, and gain confidence.
“At camp, children learn to problem-solve, make social adjustments to new and different people, learn responsibility, and gain new skills to increase their self-esteem.”
Peter Scales, Ph.D., noted author/educator, and Senior Fellow, The Search Institute
Learning to work as a group, practice empathy and negotiating skills are all important things that your child will take away from their experience. Maybe even more important is that the independence children gain can last a lifetime, helping them become happier, healthier, more productive adults.
Physical Activity, New Environments
Field trips and developmentally-appropriate activities keep children active. While structured and unstructured play are important parts of your child’s summertime experience. There’s a lot to be said for learning to belong in new spaces.
Experiencing the natural world is a great example of this. The way we move, think, and behave when we’re exposed to nature is different than any indoor learning experience. New neurons connect, new muscles engage, and a new respect for the world is instilled.
Similarly, activities such as dance classes and visits to age-appropriate museums, help children learn the skills they need to get along well in a variety of social situations that they might not otherwise be exposed to.
Michael Popkin, Ph.D., family therapist and founder of Active Parenting
Foundation For Learning Camp
We believe that a small, intimate camp is the best way for children to get the most out of their experience. Ours is not a free-for-all theme park atmosphere; it is a fun, educational, joyful atmosphere that you and your child will both be thrilled with. Take a moment to learn more about our summer camp, and give us a call. We’d love to have you come out for a visit. See you soon!