I know that it sounds simpler than it actually is, but everyone needs a plan if they expect to experience any success in life. Some of us are obviously more fortunate than others and had parents who were especially proactive about our upbringing, but a lot of us had parents that kind of flew by the seat of their pants with regard to raising us. Many parents, for one reason or another begin families with a specific plan in place that is like a road map for the direction that they want them to go in, based on what they think they know about life in general. Not a bad idea, and I commend anyone who puts any proactive thought into how it is that they want to raise their child. This plan usually includes a financial breakdown and budget for the things that they want to be able to provide years before it may be needed, e.g., medical and dental care, recreational sports, college, summer camp for kids etc. Any intelligent parent knows though, that no matter how proactive they are about their child’s upbringing, they can’t do it alone. They just understand that they’re going to need access to the help they need when the time comes to get it.
Just think, for example: If an orthodontist recommended that your kid get braces at the age of twelve but you never prepared for it because the thought never crossed your mind, your kid would probably just have to suffer. Well, your kid may be in desperate need of fresh, healthy stimulation at a point in their lives when you notice them going south and if you don’t have money in the bank to be able to take action and send them to a summer camp for teens, they’re going to suffer for it just like they would later in their lives if you’re not in a financial position to get them the help they need when the time comes for them to get braces. Again, none of us can do it ourselves, but we are a necessary part of the equation in helping our kids out when things come up and when it’s something that we could have prepared for by using a little foresight but didn’t, that’s the kind of guilt that you don’t ever want to feel. Part of parenting is making sacrifices and without being willing to put in the time and effort trying to make sure that you’re able to prepare them for life the best way that you can, you’re throwing caution to the wind.
This world isn’t going to become any better of a place without parents making the job of parenting their main concern. Providing experiences like family trips to the mountains or the lake to go camping or water skiing are great, but most homes are dual-income households which means that both parents work. Most typical jobs that I’m aware of, no matter how much they pay, provide their employees with only two or three weeks of paid vacation a year. There’s 52 weeks out of the year which means that these kinds of familial excursions can’t be very common, so alternatives to keep kids minds and bodies stimulated have to be generated in order to keep the growth trend moving onward and upward. In these situations, responsible, financially sound parents often make the calculated and well though out decision to enroll their kids in an overnight summer camp. There are many kinds of camps all over the nation and even locally for most people to choose from, but those who come from a family who have at least one parent with a serious appreciation for the outdoors usually choose a nature camp for their kids.
Any outdoor enthusiast who’s stuck behind a desk all day slaving away for the sake of their family longs for fresh air, a backpack, a pair of hiking boots and the opportunity to lose themselves in nature. No one can have everything that they want in this life and although some parents end up being good providers for their families, they still feel stuck even though finances aren’t necessarily a good concern. Many parents live vicariously though their children and want nothing more than to give them every opportunity to figure things out in a way that they can absolutely everything that they ever wanted, especially the things that they weren’t personally able to attain. No parent wants their kid to settle when they felt like that have to a degree, that’s why providing the summer camp experience can be seen as being so crucial to a child’s life.