Summer is quickly approaching, and over ten million of the nation’s children are preparing for the experience of a lifetime—camp. Yes, it’s true that camp provides children with opportunities to develop authentic relationships and life-skills such as leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving skills, but there is more!. According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) and research conducted by Johns Hopkins sociology professor Karl Alexander, intentional summer programs, like camp, help stem summer learning loss – providing experiences that challenge children, develop talents, keep them engaged, and expand horizons.
Almost all children experience some degree of learning loss in the summer. And, according to an NSLA report, parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure their children have productive things to do. Camp satisfies both of these concerns – providing endless activities and social interaction opportunities, and offering educational opportunities in nature’s classroom.
American Camp Association® (ACA) CEO Peg Smith said, "There are thousands of summer camps across this country, and each one of them is a piece of the solution to summer learning loss. Children stay engaged and continue learning at camp."
To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months. As one of the leaders in youth development and experiential education, ACA is pleased to partner with NSLA to share resources and information about the positive benefits of summer learning and enrichment for children and youth.
Camps and schools have worked together for many years to develop quality programming for students and campers. According to ACA’s recent survey on Camp-School partnerships:
- Fifty-eight percent of responding camps said they partner with schools either directly or indirectly.
- Approximately 43 percent of responding camps said that they partnered with schools primarily to keep children engaged throughout the year.
- Targeted programs include teamwork, social skills, and problem solving.
Contact Public Relations at 765.349.3317 or pr@ACAcamps.org  to interview an ACA spokesperson or for more information about how camp helps stem summer learning loss. For customizable public service announcements or article reprints, visit our Media Center at www.ACAcamps.org/media_center/ .
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 .