Summer camp isn't just for little kids. Older children and teens can benefit from going to camp, as well. At camp, kids of all ages have opportunities to meet new friends and for social growth.
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Camps also provide exposure to new interests and activities that can become favorites for a lifetime.
What to look for in a summer camp
Every family and every child is different, but there are some basic things you should look for in a camp including activities, safety, location and cost. Bob Hanson of Columbia Gorge Teen Camps provides a little more insight on what parents should look for in a summer camp.
"Parents should look for a camp where their child will have a good time."
"First of all, parents should look for a camp where their child will have a good time," says Hanson. "Learning and character building happen most readily when a child or teen is enjoying themselves. Hopefully, the camp experience will lead to new skills and new friendships, so exposing the camper to activities which he or she hasn't participated in previously is a good idea. A good camp will provide opportunities for the camper to make some choices. Experienced, mature leaders will be valuable role models... important in the growing-up process. Safety is, of course, most parents' number one consideration. In general, campers are safer in camp than they are in their own neighborhood."
Hanson also points out a good camp will provide opportunities for teens to develop leadership skills and a sense of independence. Additionally, camps are a fantastic way to get teens off the couch and active. Camps also provide an opportunity for parents to get teens away from TV, video games and all their other electronic gadgets.
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Camps for teens
While most camps are designed for younger campers, Columbia Gorge Teen Camps are designed to meet the needs of teens. Hanson outlines what makes these camps different.
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