Summer Camp – where new friends abound and memories are made! If you are over the age of 21, you likely have fond memories of a time at summer camp. If you are now a parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle, or caregiver, you are probably thinking about summer camp for the children and teenagers you love. As always, camp is a great option for kids, offering loads of fun and lots of benefits! Let’s explore the advantages of camp for children and teenagers.
Does ACA Accreditation Add to the Advantages of Summer Camp?
At Camp Live Oak, we believe the answer is yes! As an American Camp Association (ACA), Camp Live Oak is committed to the enrichment and enhancement of children’s lives through an exceptional camp experience. Accreditation means Camp Live Oak has met or exceeded the ACA’s 300 safety, health, staffing, programming, and accountability standards. At Camp Live Oak, parents can expect the best with well-qualified, certified teachers, counselors, specialists, scientists, state guides, ecologists, environmentalists, and water safety instructors.
The Advantages of Camp
ACA Accreditation is a bonus, with the promise of an even greater positive impact on children and teens. Camp is the place where campers develop lifelong friendships, as they learn leadership, values, community, and fairness, while growing in confidence in a fun, friendly environment.
Camp allows kids relax away from everyday pressures, to form new relationships, often making friends for life. At camp, children also learn to form relationships with trusted adults, often for the first time outside their family. Camp also provides the instruction and encouragement needed to help kids gain new skills, explore new activities, and discover new talents and abilities, thus enhancing their self-confidence, self-efficacy, and independence. As they make explore new activities and make decisions on what they enjoy and want to explore further, they feel more confident and garner greater independence in a safe, nurturing environment. At Camp Live Oak, camp is filled with opportunities for success and non-competitive activities where kids can try new things and overcome their fears. Plus, the team at Camp Live Oak provides support and encouragement to endure setbacks, try again, and move forward, while becoming better problem solvers in new circumstances and garnering a sense of control and independence.
In addition, camp provides an environment where everyone is held to the same set of rules with fair treatment for all children. There is no bullying allowed a camp. Children are encouraged to be themselves and to act with respect toward others and in cooperation with others in this close-knit community environment. At camp, kids learn to work together, live with each other, and resolve disagreements with fair play and teamwork.
Camp also provides a place for kids to unplug from devices and media and explore the great outdoors, breath in the fresh air and get some exercise. With lots of options – sports, mountain biking, paddle boarding, hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, archery, surfing, swimming, and more – plus plenty of free time and delicious, healthy food options, kids gain the benefit of healthy physical development amid all the fun. Camp is a place of discovery, where running, swimming, climbing, and jumping with new friends is the norm!
Camp Live Oak Awaits!
Without question, camp promise a multitude of benefits for children and teenagers in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. At camp, kids learn about themselves, are equipped with the skills need for life-long success, and gain the confidence and independence needed to reach their full potential. Camp Live Oak invites you and your children to explore the opportunities and adventures available this summer!