Camp Builds Self-Esteem and Confidence in Kids

While we’ve known anecdotally for generations that summer camp helps kids to feel better about themselves and more confident with others, recent research from the American Camp Association proves it!  Indeed, ACA REPORT- Directions: Youth Development Outcomes of the Camp Experience lists self-esteem and confidence among five benefits young people receive from time at camp.  The others are:

  • social skills and making friends
  • independence and leadership qualities
  • willingness to try and adventurousness
  • spiritual grwoth, especially at camps focused on spirituality.

Of course, camp is only part of the answer.  There are many things parents can do to help with their child’s self-esteem and level of confidence.  An article from KidsHealth, Raising Confident Kids, discusses some of them.