You most probably want your kid to grow up socially-aware, emotionally intelligent and confident. Therefore, it is important to foster your child social skills early on. It turns out that summer camps are great when it comes to fostering the listening, caring, sharing and cooperation skills of your child. These social skills are critical as your child grows to become a productive member of the society.
So how do summer camps improve your child’s social skills?
They unplug your child from technology
Kids are fast becoming slaves to technology. The value of personal communication and interaction has greatly been hampered by technology. Children and adults alike would rather post on social media than meet physically. Summer camps make it possible for children to unplug from technology such as apps, TVs, social media and the internet in general and interact with other children thus enhancing their social skills.
Summer camps are great when it comes to nurturing a non-competitive environment where the kids are themselves. There is always a lot of pressure in school to succeed and the fear of failure in the academics can deflate a child’s confidence. Summer camps help in boosting the confidence of the children because they provide an environment where children can try new things without worrying about failing. They discover new things, become creating and test themselves.
Improving friendship and cooperation
Has the current crop of young generation become cold and distant? Do they understand the meaning of friendship and teamwork? Great summer programs have had the reputation of fostering some of the best friendships among camp alumni. Children should be allowed to take social risks such as negotiation, teamwork and communication initiatives.
They teach kids to wake up early, eat and carry out physical activities such as running, cycling, playing football, mountain climbing, hiking, etc.
Many kids today lack social time. If you look at the amount of time left after school, doing homework, watching TV and chatting on social media, among others, you get a feeling that children do not get enough playtime. Summer camps in Albany encourage unstructured social engagement and creativity.
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