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Camp is For All Children — Including the President’s
Indianapolis, IN (July 19, 2010) – The American Camp Association® (ACA) is excited to learn that First Daughter Malia will be attending camp for four weeks this summer. In an interview last week, the President announced that his oldest daughter would be joining the millions of children who attend camp each summer.
Camp is essential to the education and development of the whole child, developing authentic relationships, fostering a connection with nature, and encouraging participation in human powered activities. Camp allows children to relax and enjoy just being kids. There is a camp experience for every child, including those residing in the White House.
“The ACA community of over 7,000 members applauds President and Mrs. Obama for making the decision to send their daughter to camp,” said ACA chief executive officer Peg Smith. “Camp has been an amazing, life-changing experience for millions of children and youth for the past 150 years. The benefits of camp extend far beyond childhood — helping children develop the life skills needed to become successful adults.”
According to ACA’s Youth Development Outcomes study, conducted in conjunction with Philliber Research Associates and with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc., 96 percent of campers said that camp helped them make new friends. Ninety-two percent of campers reported that camp helped them feel good about themselves. Correspondingly, parents reported that children gained self-confidence at camp (70 percent) and continued to stay in contact with camp friends (69 percent).
However, camp is not just about making memories and friends. Involvement in intentional programs, like camp, can help stem summer learning loss and keep children engaged and sharp throughout the summer months. In addition, studies show that interaction in nature can help reduce existing stress and help children better respond to future stresses. Camp allows children to take healthy risks in a safe and nurturing environment — developing self-esteem, leadership skills, and independence.
For more information on the life-changing experience of camp, or to use ACA’s Find a Camp database to find the perfect camp experience for your child, visit www.CampParents.org. In addition, families can follow ACA on Facebook and Twitter for helpful hints and camp information.
The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 300 health and safety standards. For more information, visit www.ACAcamps.org.