Let your child experience the magic of the woods this summer at sleepaway camp, where new discoveries, new friends and new experiences are the real treasures of the forest. Guided by experienced counselors familiar with forests, fields and lakes, campers play, explore and learn, surrounded by the wonders of nature.
From hiking trips in the mountains to canoe excursions into secluded coves, nature-themed overnight summer camp offers kids incredible outdoor adventures. Guided treks through the woods offer up such secrets as how to identify animal tracks, which mushrooms are safe to eat or how to blaze a trail, all the while surrounded by the happy company of fellow campers.
Many kids today may just view nature as another abstraction, something seen on a TV show or a You-Tube video; in fact, studies have shown that kids average over five hours a day glued to some kind of electronic device. Letting kids run free in neighborhood fields, woods and playgrounds is no longer viewed as safe, and parents are more likely to keep kids close to home.
All these factors make experiences like sleepaway camp more important than ever, as organized, supervised summer camp gives kids a safe way to experience the joy of connecting with the natural world.
For many children, the woods and lakes surrounding sleepaway camps are like an enchanting foreign land, full of unfamiliar creatures, sounds and smells. Imagine your child catching his first fish, learning how to blaze a trail through the forest or experiencing the daring thrill of holding a (harmless) snake. All these experiences open a whole new world for many youngsters, meanwhile fostering a true appreciation of the natural world.
Not only do youngsters have a blast in nature's amazing playground, but counselors have a knack for instilling a love and respect for the natural world. The nature lessons learned at camp can last for a lifetime, whether it's learning how to use a compass in the forest, how to spot an impending storm in cloud formations or how to identify the paw prints of a fox.
Getting out and enjoying the great outdoors is also known to have so many benefits for kids, from reducing stress to promoting a love physical exercise. Energetic activities like hiking, camping, horseback riding are not just healthy, they also promote self-confidence, independence, problem-solving skills, creativity and self-discipline.
When is the last time your child was free to explore the summertime woods, listen to the wind howl through tall stands of trees or lie still at night and watch the billions of stars undimmed by city lights? All these wonders of nature are the gifts of sleep-away camp, and all the more precious for being experienced with amazing new friends.
When the moon shines through the pines and the mysterious nighttime noises of the woods begin to rustle about, kids love to gather around the campfire toasting marshmallows, listening to ghost stories and giggling with friends. Even youngsters who have never been out of the city learn to identify the nighttime residents of the forest, from ghostly owls to swooping bats and cheery peep frogs. Imagine your youngster experiencing the old-time summer magic of catching fireflies, watching the moon floating in the glimmering lake waters or taking that first gooey bite of s'mores.