It’s important for our kids to experience new and different things when they’re growing up. This life is a work in progress for them and us for our entire lives, and learning how to feel comfortable outside of our comfort zone means a lot. Like a lot of things, it’s easier said than done but the earlier you begin to get your kids on the path to self discovery, the happier you can expect them to be as they grow older. We’re all capable of doing some great things, but many of those great things aren’t even possible without someone initially introducing us to them, whatever they may be. It’s like trying to go to school to have a career in a field that doesn’t even exist yet, we just pick from the available majors based on our interests and what we know about ourselves, and do our best to make the right decision based on the information we have.
There are all kinds of activities and interests that a kid could have that unless they’re exposed to it, they’ll never have a chance at discovering that it’s able to provide them with any sense of fulfillment in their lives. I believe that the most interesting people have the most interesting hobbies, and they are able to find joy and beauty in all kinds of different things. You may be able to introduce your kid to a few of those things by sending them to a summer camp. Kids can do all kinds of things at a summer camp that might not otherwise be an option, you never know unless you give it a shot.
Many overnight summer camps and day summer camps for kids are geared for outdoor learning and fun. So, especially if you’re raising your kid in a city or a suburb and don’t get out to enjoy nature much, it could be a great experience for them. You may sign them up for a day camp first to see how they enjoy it, and if everything works out and you believe that they are able to handle being away from you and home for a while, you could do an extended summer camp the next time. Doing what you can to raise well-rounded individuals is only possible when you’re thinking outside the box a little. You may have had a great childhood where you were exposed to all kinds of things and thus, be able to emulate that experience to a certain degree. On the other hand, you may have regretted not having more experiences in your upbringing and want to make sure that you’re providing your kid with all of the opportunities that you didn’t have.
It doesn’t matter what the reason is for you looking into day and summer camps, it’s just important that you’re looking into it, because it can do nothing but be a good experience for your kid. Even if you’re dealing with a kid who is a bit apprehensive and has confidence issues, there’s as many or more good reasons to get them involved as there would be if they were the most confident kid in the world. Gaining social experience and them stretching beyond the point where they feel comfortable will build confidence and increase their sense of self-worth. The more confident your kid is and able to feel love for themselves, the more they’ll be able to push the envelope in ways that make them happy. The more they’ll also learn to actively seek out the many things in this world that are of good report and praiseworthy.
Having options is important; options as a parent and options as a kid. Well, parenting is a full-time job and the breaks are few and far between. You may need a break every now and then, so sending them to a summer camp for kids might be a really great idea for them and you. Then you get to have some time to yourself or with your significant other for a couple of weeks, and your kid gets to go do some things that they never have before. Some of the best outdoor camps in the country have more activities than you’d ever imagine, and your kid could come back having experience and a love for something you’d never even thought of or been able to introduce them to yourself. Things like rock climbing, horseback riding, archery, canoeing, hiking or white water rafting are a just a few of the activities available at some of these camps. A geographic change of scenery might be exactly what your kid needs to learn to think and act outside of the social box.