Benefits of Summer Camp
Summer camp provides youth with a safe place to try new things, “miss the mark” and try again. The people and the environment intentionally fostered at camp allow campers to have that moment when frustration or failure sets in, and then with guidance, they make the decision to carry on. This decision can result in making them more resilient, and, ultimately, campers can learn to find a way to respond to setbacks positively.
“What makes camp a special community is its focus on celebrating effort. In this less pressured atmosphere, children learn more readily what positive things to say and do when they make mistakes and face challenges. The traditions and customs of each different camp are like a secret code that allows those who know it to feel embraced by something unique and special.” –Michael Brandwein, noted speaker and consultant to the camp profession
Without the rigor of an academic curriculum, campers learn life skills just from being a part of a community and interacting with each other. There are so many opportunities to make impactful choices at camp. Campers can learn how their choices influence and lift those around them.
“Campers are urged to include, not exclude, others. They are praised for choosing new partners and not always the same ones. They are encouraged to respect the differences between people. In an increasingly sarcastic, put-down-oriented world, camps aim to be an oasis of personal safety where demeaning comments and disrespectful behavior are not tolerated, and children are taught responsible and positive ways to resolve conflicts.”
–Michael Brandwein, noted speaker and consultant to the camp profession
At Camp Webb, our camp families can expect:
- Programs designed for the varying interests and needs of campers at all stages of development
- Positive relationships with campers and counselors
- Nutritious, delicious snacks and lunches
- Appropriate camper/counselor ratios
- An environment where fun and safety are equal priorities