Thousands of children attend summer camp every year. The relationships that are developed at those camps and the stories that arise out of activities, events and socializing can last a lifetime. If you are a parent considering sending your child to a Jewish summer camp this coming season, you are making a great choice that will affect your little one long past the time that they come home.
One “kid” had such a good time at a Jewish summer camp that he has turned his experience into a podcast. Finding it difficult to keep up with all of the friends he made at camp now that they are adults with their own busy lives, Micah Hart decided to start a podcast to share his stories and hopefully get back in touch with the good friends he made when he was younger.
While your child may not be inspired to make a podcast or write a book about their experiences, they are sure to have the time of their lives. Here are a few things that you can expect for your child when they attend summer camp, according to Hart’s podcast, “Campfires and Color Wars.”
- Physical Activity
What would camp be without participation in sports or other physical activity? As Hart points out in his podcast, dodgeball and tetherball were great activities. Those may or may not be activities your son or daughter will participate in, but they will surely be active in some way. Many camps offer swimming, baseball, kickball and more. Instead of sitting in front of a television, your children will be active, at least for a week.
If you want your child to learn more about their Jewish faith, get a little bit better in math or even participate in science experiments, you can find a camp that is perfect. Camp is about more than sports, aiming to teach your child how to be a well-rounded person.
- Social Skills
Some parents today are simply stumped at how to help their child develop social relationships when relationships are constructed online. Instagram, Snapchat and other social media giants seem to have taken over what used to be visiting homes, calling people on the telephone and going to the movies. A favorite part of camp, Hart says, was “messing around with friends” after the structured activities were over. It’s a great opportunity for your child to develop social skills.
Some parents don’t always want to know what goes on at camp, but if you can take the stories with a grain of salt, Hart’s podcast could give you a better idea of the fun your child can expect. It’s been aired every two weeks since 2016 and has dedicated followers.
If you are interested in sending your child to a camp but are wondering how you will pay for it, we are happy to offer financial aid for Jewish summer camp to make things easier for your family. Reach out to us today to learn more.