“Unstructured free and play time is tremendously important for cognitive development"
There is perhaps no greater challenge to a parent come summertime than finding solutions to keep bored children entertained without resorting to omnipresent technology. While there are many local activities to draw from, summer camps offer more than mere entertainment, providing character-building experiences and developmental benefits that extend well into later life.
A landmark study involving 5,000 families and over 80 camps done by the American Camp Association found that summer camp went well beyond the usual benefits of just getting out into nature. 96% of campers said that camp helped them make new friends. 93% said they got to know kids who are different from them. 92% said that people at camp helped them feel good about themselves and 74% said that at camp they did things they were once afraid to do.