Top 3 Reasons Teens Love Summer Camp
Top 3 Reasons for Teens to Go to Summer Camp
By Daniella K. Garran
A few decades ago, teens had very few options to occupy themselves over the summer months. Some went to camps while others opted to stay home and go to the town pool or local pond or maybe get a job. Teens today have so many options when it comes to summer vacation: internships, jobs, sports camps, travel opportunities, immersion classes and so on. However, many teens still choose to spend their summers at camp.
Today, we will hear from a few of our teen leaders who chose summer camp over staying at home this summer.
1: Making New Friends
Charlie Cirillo, 14, from Nantucket, MA explains why she chose to come to camp rather than staying at home this summer: “I came to camp to make new friends and to have a good time. I also wanted to experience the Cape in a new way.”
Being in a teen leadership program offers a great way to meet people; you get to solve different problems with people from all sorts of backgrounds. You’ll also be surrounded by other people with an interest in becoming a leader.
2: The Structure Helps You Grow
Quentin Conopask, 16, from Fairfield, CT explains that he likes the structure camp offers and that it’s better to be at camp than to be at home with time on his hands to be in situations in which he could potentially find himself in trouble. He appreciated “the ability to have different friends outside of the bubble I live in for ten months of the year at home.” He also mentions that camp offers unique experiences every year.
Summer camp offers the perfect balance of structure and freedom that allows you to safely explore new experiences. The comfort of having a supportive community gives you the courage to push yourself outside of your bubble which is the best way to grow as a leader.
But don’t just take our word for it! The American Camp Association says that,
“in recent years camps have put a greater emphasis on what leaders in the child development field have been saying about the needs of children today. Camp activities and group living in a natural environment are the tools used to create camp communities that provide for successful, healthy development and a place where having fun is a daily criterion. In such a structured environment, children interact with positive role models who have time to listen, talk, relax, and reflect. They learn to work together, make choices, take responsibility, develop creative skills, build independence and self-reliance, and gain confidence. All are necessary steps on a child’s path to a healthy, productive life.” (https://www.acacamps.org/press-room/benefits-of-camp/psychological-aspects)
3: Experience the camp you love from a new perspective
Remember how much fun you had as a camper? Take your experience and use it to help foster the same love for camp that you have in younger campers. Being part of a teen leadership program gives you the opportunity to foster the growth and development of a whole new generation of campers: a truly incredible feeling.
Noah Quinn, 16, from New Canaan, CT says, “being a teen leader gives me a chance to have an impact on younger campers the same way that older campers impacted me when I was younger.” Fourteen-year old Isabelle Haller of Scarsdale, NY explains, “you feel like you have more responsibility and you get to help out all around camp.”
Camp offers teens such diverse experiences and opportunities that they would not otherwise get at home. We are so glad that our camp families chose CCSC and we look forward to providing them with positive, life-changing experiences that will allow them to develop their self-confidence, self-reliance and other skills which will make them an asset to any community of which they choose to be a part in the future.