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4 Psychological Benefits of Summer Camp

  • 3/14/2019 12:42:00 PM
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A boys summer camp is an exciting, and often life-changing, adventure that helps children develop self-confidence, resilience, and independence. At Kabeyun, we witness boys maturing socially, emotionally, and intellectually while they are with us. What are the specific psychological benefits of sending your son to an overnight camp? Here are four we have observed.

Independence

Giving your child the opportunity to live away from home at a boys summer camp fosters his independence. At Kabeyun, boys choose all their own activities every day, guided by experienced counselors. This gives boys tremendous freedom within a structured system -- it is a unique opportunity for boys to grow and discover who they are, what they like, and what they dislike.

Community living

In addition to developing as individuals, boys learn to function as part of a larger community. They meet many new people, both adults and young folks, with different backgrounds and perspectives. Cabin life and activities offer opportunities to collaborate, cooperate, and socialize with boys they might not befriend at school. Staff members discuss and model how to find peaceful solutions to conflicts. Boys learn to inspire and build each other up. Long-lasting friendships grow out of this safe and nurturing community.

Resilience

Boys summer camp provides plenty of opportunities for kids to challenge themselves to overcome physical and mental challenges. They don’t always succeed the first time! The best camp counselors help children break down their own barriers to success, whether that’s on the tennis court, theater stage, or on a rock climbing trip in the White Mountains. They create an environment where it is safe to try and fail and try again… and again. At Kabeyun, this kind of effort and resilience is recognized and celebrated publicly every day.

Self-confidence

The entire boys summer camp experience -- living among peers, tackling new challenges, and determining their day-to-day schedule -- offers campers opportunities for growth that living at home cannot provide. It takes courage to try something new and that courage leads to self-confidence. Making new friends, choosing their own activities, setting goals, and achieving those goals all give boys’ self-confidence a tremendous boost.

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