Friday, 28 September 2018 12:48

Why School Camps are perfect for your Child

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Each year, children are sent off to school camps; often for 2-3 nights or even potentially up to a week, to give them a break from the classroom and to let them have fun while developing important social skills that will help them in life. Schools put a big emphasis on these camps as they can teach students valuable life lessons and skills that they wouldn’t be able to learn in the classroom.

Primary school students are at an age where social development is very important, as what they learn at this age can grow into the values that they go through life with. Social Development involves a range of aspects such as learning the values, knowledge and skills that will enable children to interact with others and effectively contribute in all aspects of their life. As children develop these skills socially, they tend to respond to the environment and influences around them, this is why school camps are the perfect opportunity to develop children’s soft skills.

Most typical school camps will offer a range of different activities and exercises that develop the following soft skills:

  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Attitude
  • Encouragement

They also develop personal and social skills that are crucial for school students such as:

  • A belief in their ability to make decisions
  • A feeling of connectedness to peers and society
  • Forming an identity

A big selling point of school camps is the friendships that are formed, some lasting a lifetime. Camps take children out the safe surrounding that is their home and parents and are put in dorms to share with other children. Many children here discover things about others that they’d never knew otherwise; it’s a place where friendships are in the perfect environment to develop and flourish. Throughout the whole camp community, children are encouraged to rely on the support of their peers for help and work together to achieve goals.

The power of any school camp is embedded in its activities which attract the children to participate and get them outside of their comfort zone all on the premise of having fun together. What school aged children doesn’t want to fly across a zip line, play tug-of-war, rock climb or even just being outdoors? But the real power of school camps is realising that while most children may enjoy getting outside their comfort zones doing activities such as rock climbing; there will always be kids that just don’t enjoy it and that is perfectly fine! They take this into consideration and find other activities that they enjoy. On school camps making sure all children are accommodated for and no one is left out is a huge point that the camp’s staff extensively focuses on, to ensure that all children attending get the most out of camp and at the end of the day; they have fun!

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2 comments

  • Comment Link James Thursday, 04 October 2018 10:56 posted by James

    I can personally relate to this blog, at one of my school camps I was forced to exit my comfort zone a little bit and talk to other fellow students that I probably wouldn’t of ever had to otherwise. We became quick friends and are still really great friends to this day. I even started to prefer my new friends to the ones I had at the time! It can not be understated how important it is to leave your comfort zone every once in a while and a school camp really is the perfect opportunity to do so as a youth.

  • Comment Link Eleonore Kuegle Thursday, 04 October 2018 10:52 posted by Eleonore Kuegle

    This program sounds like a fantastic place for children to build new friendships, develop their soft skills and to have a lot of fun. There are a wide range of different activities available and lots of thinks to do. Especially, for children from the big city it's a great experience to get back to the roots and spend some time in the nature. I can definitely recommend this program and would like to send my children to Outdoor Adventure Camps!

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