This Year, Give Fun and More!

December 11, 2012

Give the gift of camp! A quality camp experience is a real-life version of what kids want from video games and toys — fun, adventure, excitement — and so much more!

Character and Developmental Skills

Camp is an experience that will last a lifetime — from memories to friendships to newfound hobbies. Kids certainly learn a lot about themselves while at camp, and according to research, they also gain critical social, emotional, resiliency, and teamwork skills:

  • 96% of campers said: “Camp helped me make new friends.”
  • 93% of campers said: “Camp helped me to get to know kids who are different than me.”
  • 92% of campers said: “The people at camp helped me feel good about myself.”
  • 74% of campers said: “At camp, I did things I was afraid to do at first.”

Campers also come away with powerful lessons in self-awareness, citizenship, responsible decision making, leadership skills, and developing health and wellness behaviors.

Grit: The Skill for Success

Did you know that studies have shown “grit” — tenacity and stick-to-itiveness — to be the leading predicator of achieving success at the highest levels? Camp is one of the best places on earth to learn “grit”! In experiential learning environments like camp, where kids take action, are challenged, and are supported in their efforts to “try, try again,” they learn what it takes to succeed.

This holiday season, give the gift of camp to your child, grandchild, or a deserving child who might not otherwise be able to afford it (through ACA’s Send a Child to Camp Fund). When you do, you’ll really be giving the gift of fun, character, and success.

Visit ACA’s Find a Camp database to search for the perfect camp experience.

This article originally appeared in the November 2012 Camp e-News, ACA's bimonthly e-newsletter for parents and families. Sign up today to recieve timely information about camp in your inbox!

Photo courtesy of Victory Junction, Randleman, North Carolina