Sleepaway camp is often the highlight of the summer — for kids and parents alike. Kids get to spend time learning new skills and forging new friendships, while parents get a week or two to themselves. Yet, when the kids come home, they often do so as new people. Though camp may be over for the summer, it transforms how they see the world. The life lessons they’ve learned at camp will stay with them for a lifetime:
- A Bolder Self-Image
At camp, one of the main goals is to get kids out of their comfort zones. No leap is too big at camp, especially when your new friends are cheering you on. Even when campers come up just short of the goal, the valiant attempt is celebrated. In everyday life, this translates into being more confident with one’s self, especially when trying new things. Plus, those new friendships are often ones that last a lifetime!
- A More Equitable Worldview
Campers come from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Yet, at camp, everyone is equal. Status disappears as every kid is simply being a kid. No matter what neighborhood you come from, you are just as much a part of the camp community as the next kid. This fosters a sense that, at the end of the day, we are all just people, and all deserve encouragement and empathy — a valuable lesson to bring home.
- A Stronger Sense of God’s Presence
When your kid goes to Jewish camp, there is always an underlying feeling of God’s majesty in every activity and in the nature surrounding them. It is often at camp that kids truly fall in love with Judaism, from its traditions to the community to what it truly means to be Jewish. In fact, kids who attend Jewish camp are much more likely to stay engaged in their faith as an adult.
Going to summer camp is a valuable experience for every Jewish child, but we know it can be difficult to afford for some families. The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about financial resources for Jewish camp.