Camp is one my favorite memories from when I was a kid. I loved staying in a tent or cabin, slurping slushies, singing fun songs around the campfire and learning all kinds of new things by experiencing them first hand. I loved it so much I became a 4-H camp counselor at age 16, volunteered many times at my sons’ Boy Scout camps and now I am so fortunate to direct and teach youth entrepreneur camps.
Camps are a great way for kids to experience and learn things they may not have the opportunity to in school. What is interesting to me is that the kids who may not do well in school (sitting at a desk all day) flourish in a camp environment. Year after year, I see kids come in on Monday morning not showing much self-confidence and by Friday when they are presenting an idea they are passionate about they are glowing with confidence.
The following is from the American Camp Association Website which pretty much sums up the benefits of camp:
At camp, when children make new friends, explore the world around them, and learn that “I can” is much more powerful than “I can’t”, magic happens. In an environment created just for them, children learn real life skills, develop self-esteem, and gain a sense of independence and community. Whether children are playing, exploring nature, conquering new heights, or becoming part of a camp family, they are creating memories that will last a lifetime – See more at: http://www.acacamps.org/campers-families/because-camp#sthash.44KAY3o4.dpuf
Since school is either out or soon to be out, it’s time to find a camp for your child(ren). There are camps of every subject possible so there is bound to be something that they are interested in. Many camps are already full but with some searching you will most likely find something that fits. That’s what I really like about directing and teaching at Youth Entrepreneur Camps; the business each camper chooses to create takes into account their strengths, interests and talents so it fits everyone!
Since the UW-Madison SBDC Youth Entrepreneur Camp (where I have been the director for the past 8 years) is full and there is a long wait list, I have decided to add an E-Seedling Youth Entrepreneur Camp July 18-21 in Madison. It is a 4 day (Mon-Thurs) commuter day camp for ages 10-14 (there will be breakouts based on age groups). It is limited to 16 kids (8:1 instructor ratio) so register now before it’s full! To find out more about the camp and to register, Click here!
Hope this is the year to start making memories and having fun at summer camp!