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You may be wondering why you should send your child to camp. What is the purpose of it?
Many shows and movies have portrayed camps as places that kids find miserable: cold showers, outdated buildings, drill sergeant counselors, boring games, and terrible bugs. Here at Camp Gideon, we have modern buildings kept in great condition, hot showers, trained staff that will challenge your child but still care for them, activities suited for all or specific ages, and though there is not much we can do about the bugs, repellent helps! We hope that the information contained on the pages answer your questions, but if they do not, please ask us by phone or email. We would love to talk with you!Also consider the following areas that camps grow your child in:
Camp provides the mental space for young people to consider the important issues of life. A breakfrom the chaos of their daily routine, campers are given the freedom to think about their futures, a safe atmosphere to assess and confront unhealthy patterns, and the opportunity to encounter the truth that they are loved by God. Camp offers quality instruction, equipment and facilities to create an environment where campers can develop their athletic abilities, enhance their artistic talents, and challenge their adventure skills. The variety of activities available allows camp to be a place where it is easy for campers to explore and enhance what they enjoy doing, learning that God has designed them for a purpose and has a unique plan for their lives.
Research estimates that kids spend an average of 3.5 minutes in meaningful conversation with their parents every week. However, camp gives young people a full week with caring adults and counselors who are devoted to mentoring campers. These positive role models help them thoughtfully process experiences and decisions that will help prepare them for their future. The job of a counselor is not to simply entertain, but to get to know and then speak into the lives of a camper. As followers of Christ, this meaningful interaction between camper and counselor can amount to 80 hours of intentional, Christian interaction. As such, campers often recognize someone they met at camp as being influential in helping to shape their lives. This is not meant to discredit parents, but to recognize the unique opportunity camp provides to help each camper.
Nature, Adventure, and Activity
Nature, adventure, and activity are three components that make camp such a distinct experience. Our culture struggles to unplug from televisions, computers, and phones, and camp provides a technology-free environment that enables campers to engage people, activities, and creation first hand, which actually helps to jump start creativity and imagination. Many children are educated about nature and the environment, but camps provide the opportunity to actually engage and immerse in true, rugged nature, see God's awesome creation firsthand, and begin to understand how they can apply the things they have learned. A full week of camp in this environment allows for valuable time in nature that helps campers to expand their perception of God and His world, challenging them to think, explore and create in new ways. Campers are freed from the often overly-structured, overly-scheduled routines of today's society to simply play. Camp is a place where kids can run, swim, hike, and climb, but it is also a place where they can relax, laugh, and be incredibly silly. Not to mention that the kind of encouragement and nurture kids receive at camp makes it a great environment to endure setbacks, try new (and thereby maybe a little frightening) things, and see that improvement comes when you give something another try.
Friendships formed at camp with caring staff and fellow campers provide strong bonds that last a lifetime. Created through shared time and experiences, campers join a genuine community that values each member and the unique qualities they bring. Cabin units provide a smaller setting that develops interpersonal skills through team building, shared responsibility, and even conflict resolution. These friendships often exert positive peer pressure that is important in shaping a child, encouraging them to step out of their comfort zones and learn to trust God and others as they encounter new experiences.
The temporary community of camp creates a place where young people are released from the expectations and pressures of others to be the incredible person God created them to be. Campers are freed to live above artificial limitations, to explore and create in ways they did not think they were capable of doing. While school often fosters an environment heavily influenced by academic, athletic, and social competition, camp fosters a non-competitive yet challenging environment that seeks to build self-confidence through diverse opportunities to succeed. Camp also creates a safe place for campers to practice decision making apart from the guidance of teachers and parents, teaching critical thinking skills and independence in an environment outside of peer pressure, because all the other campers are in the same state.
*based on http://thepowerofcamp.com/why-camp/