There is a new trend sneaking into summer camps. An increasing number of sleepaway camps are foregoing the traditional pre-determined summer camp schedule in favor of giving campers complete control over their summer camp experience. This approach to summer camp has become a particularly popular approach to the summer camp experience at session camps, which tend to attract a less traditional family of campers than seven week camps. And the appeal is mutual.
Allowing campers to customize their experience gives them the opportunity to experience a traditional summer camp while enjoying many of the same benefits that they might enjoy by attending a specialized camp. It’s truly a best of both worlds scenario, and the response has been overwhelming.
There is certainly no shortage of children who want to experience summer camp. The conflict seems to arise from increasingly busy summer schedules and the pressure placed on children to be great at—well—everything. Despite our inclination as adults to want them to be everything we are and more, along with everything we are not, children need time and space to be…children. Enter the session sleepaway camp, an environment catered to letting them be themselves while improving their skills in those activities they love while giving them ample opportunity to try out new ones in shorter, more realistic segments for the busy family.
In addition to having freedom over their activity choices, the independence children gain while at summer camp is also a great way of letting them try out their wings. For many children, camp is their first experience away from their parents. It’s the first time they’re choosing their own clothes, deciding what to eat, determining which activities to try, and learning how to be part of a social network without the assistance of mom and dad. For those children not quite ready for the full summer experience, a session camp is the perfect way to give camp a test drive.
So if you’ve hesitated to enroll your children in summer camp because you’re afraid it’s too much structure, or if you’ve been thinking you would like them to learn how to be a little bit more independent, consider a session summer camp. It just may be the perfect fit.