5 Reasons Summer Camp is Beneficial for a Child’s Mental Health
Unfortunately, many opportunities for social connections and growth-full experiences have been limited during the pandemic. Citing isolation as the biggest challenge they face, 64% of Canadian youth reported that their mental health was poor during a 2021 study by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. School closures, postponed sports and Facetime-only friendships have taken a toll on children’s mental and emotional well-being.
We need creative solutions to help young people safely socialize and try new things so that they can thrive this year. Summer camps, renowned as places to explore and make new friends, could be part of the solution to promoting youth mental health in 2021. Not only are summer camps great for fostering social connection, they are known for being loads of confidence-boosting, memory-making fun – contributing to healthy minds.
More important than ever during an isolating year, here are some of the top ways summer camp supports youth mental health:
1. Campers Get Out of Their Comfort Zone
2. Campers Can Make Friends IRL (in real life)
3. Campers Get Nature, Not Screen Time
4. Campers Do Physical Activities
Though we can’t officially make this a guarantee, camper parents often report high rates of kids falling happily asleep on the car ride home. That is, if they take a break from telling the tales of all their summer camp adventures.
5. Campers Find Hope
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There is one more BIG ONE.
#6, #7, 8, 9 & 10. Parents Need Camp, Too
With limited space available, camp will fill quickly this year. Register soon for a summer camp in your region. Heading to camp for a week or two could be part of the puzzle to help your kids and teens be mentally healthy this year.
Note: In exceptional cases, screens may be used as part of camp programs such as photography skill development or videos may be part of special events, etc.