The great debate for the modern parent seems to be: how much technology is too much technology? If it were up to our children, the tablet time and video game hours would never end. Honestly, who could blame them? Video games are designed to entertain for hours upon hours, with new missions to complete and objectives to reach every couple of minutes. That kind of gratification and reward system can be nearly impossible to replicate by parents who are juggling work, personal mental health, and, y’know, BASIC PARENTING on the day-to-day. Video games provide the perfect escape for kids who just want to be left alone, and it can be nice for parents to get a break every now and then while the kids plug into their device for a while. This is why it can be so tempting to let kids plug themselves in during times when the kids are home, including weeknights, weekends, and holidays.
In my experience, camp programs are the best way to meet your wishes as parents while still providing your kids with the fun and stimulating engagement they crave. Camps are designed to constantly keep the fun momentum going, meaning that every hour there is opportunities for the rewards and gratification which they would otherwise look for in their video games. The reason why the camp approach is so much more effective is because camp programs also teach important life skills, including self-confidence, social skills, and cooperative team skills. Camp experiences are invaluable for young children because camps are often sources of their greatest memories as they grow.
Camps give children the opportunity to:
- Take a break from technology: Camps replace the need for digital rewards, giving children opportunities to engage with the emotions, people, and activities they love.
- Develop independence: Children learn how to interact with the world around them, while guided by teachers and instructors other than their parents. In these environments, children begin to discover what they enjoy doing and who they want to be with a newfound sense of independence.
- Experience new things: Camps help children to try things which are outside of their comfort zones. Children experience opportunities which they may have never realized would appeal to them, which might eventually develop into new lifelong interests. Camp activities are designed to get the most out of campers, so that they might learn to love new things.
What are some of your favourite camp memories? We would love to hear how your time at camp helped to shape who you are today! Send us your stories today at firstname.lastname@example.org