Summertime is an opportunity for young people to pursue an activity of interest or to try something that’s completely new and different. Adventure camps offer all sorts of learning possibilities in a variety of locations, along with the opportunity to lead, be part of a team, and make new friends. It’s often a surprise to parents and campers that youngsters gain even more than they bargained for during their stay.
The top five benefits of Adventure Camps are:
- Greater Confidence
- Improved Social Skills
- New Interests and Life Skills
- Positive Outlook
- Sense of Independence
An adventure camp must be able to provide thorough instruction along with the inspiration that when combined, spirals into accomplishments big and small. There’s nothing like feeling successful to boost your confidence. Encouragement from peers and counselors plays an important role too. Placing trust in a teen and showing them they are valued, brings a self-assurance that follows them into adulthood.
Living, working, and adventuring together sets the stage for a variety of situations focusing on group dynamics. Working in partnership with others and communicating effectively are valuable and fulfilling life skills. Close living quarters in an adventure camp setting provides so many opportunities for social growth. It’s a platform for exercises that improve both teamwork and leadership skills for the entire group.
Young people crave exposure to new things. It’s a chance to find out what they like to do and where they excel. Learning to sail or scuba dive, delving into the world of marine science, or taking part in community service can spark enthusiasm and motivation. Taking advantage of life’s opportunities helps teens find their recreational interests, future fields of study, and even career paths.
A positive outlook is fine tuned with every success a camper achieves and a “can do” mind-set emerges. They believe in themselves. It may not be obvious at first, but campers soon find that when they approach challenges and difficult situations with an optimistic attitude, things tend to work out more easily. Being positive improves coping skills and reduces stress. Seeing the glass as half full is a great way to enter into adulthood.
Recently, a young camper wrote the following… “I went somewhere without my parents for three weeks and proved to myself that I could do anything I truly wanted to do!” She felt a true sense of independence. Being far away from family and everything that is familiar can awaken insights to personal strengths. Standing alone at times can be empowering.
The adventure camp experience can be exciting, challenging and daunting at the same time. That’s why it is so important that camp counselors and mentors believe in the potential of everyone in their care. By fostering that potential and empowering young people, their self-esteem soars. Personal growth blossoms and nearly every camper heads home with certain fundamental benefits they never anticipated. Everyone notices a change.