Media Tip from the American Camp Association
November 6, 2009
Eggnog and S ‘Mores – Camp is a Holiday Tradition
For some families, thinking about camp during the holidays seems odd. For many other families, camp has become part of a holiday tradition – the gift of camp. Families know that camp provides children with self-confidence, a sense of independence, and the skills necessary to develop into a successful adult. By giving a special child the gift of camp, families can give those intangible life experiences – experiences that will last a lifetime.
- Camp is a safe and nurturing environment that enhances campers' social skills through group activities and the chance to make new friends. Camp is for everyone, so children and teens have the opportunity to meet and interact with peers from outside their school environment.
- Camp supplements formal education. Camps use organized and intentional programs to create a balance of experiential learning programs that are physical, emotional, and social. There are camps and camp programs that specialize in a myriad of activities – from computers to performing arts or marine biology.
- Camp provides experiences that promote self-confidence and future academic growth. Independent research published by the American Camp Association® (ACA) shows that parents and camp staff, as well as children, report significant growth in several areas, including leadership, independence, social comfort, and values and decisions.
- Camp encourages a respect and love of nature. Children are able to learn about the natural world. Camp also gives them a chance to "unplug." More and more experts are demonstrating the value of time spent in nature for children – and camp is a perfect place to do that.
- Camp provides the opportunity for children to stay physically active. Camp programs offer physical activities and sports that enhance health and teach self-confidence. From kayaking to swimming to challenge and ropes courses, camp is the ultimate outdoor sports experience.
Last year, more than 10 million children and youth benefited from a camp experience. With over 2,400 ACA-accredited® day and resident camps, it is easier than ever to find a camp that is committed to health and safety, and that is perfect for the special child in everyone's life. Families can search for the right camp using the Find A Camp search at www.CampParents.org . There is also a "Give the Gift of Camp" gift certificate that families can download.
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 .