Gone are the days that you only have a handful of choices on where to send your child for summer. Summer camps these days are no longer limited to children going off into the woods building campfires and roasting marshmallows while singing country songs.
In fact, summer camps have evolved into a wide variety of types, so much so that it can be difficult to choose. From academics to sports summer camps, choosing the right one for your child will depend on his interests. But the fact remains that whichever you and your child pick, there are still plenty of benefits he can gain from it.
Here are five examples of the different types of camps available to help you get started:
1. Sports Summer Camps
As you may have guessed, sports summer camps are one of the most common and highly recommended types of camp for school-age children. Not only do they get exercised by participating in such activities, but they also reap several social and emotional benefits this type of camp can offer.
For younger children, summer is an excellent time to try different kinds of sports. Trying these types of activities can help them gain new friends, learn how to overcome loss, and, ultimately, grow into more mature human beings. On top of that, sports can also help pave the way for their future, especially if they excel in one that can help get athletic scholarships in college.
Some of the usual sports summer camp activities include baseball, basketball, football, hockey, volleyball, ice skating, surfing, swimming, soccer, tennis, and even martial arts.
2. Academic Summer Camps
If you have a child whose inclination leans more on the academic side, then an educational summer camp is your best choice. After all, what else can keep your little one from being the best he can be if he intends to get ahead of the class even during summer vacation?
Educational summer camps extend learning during these otherwise dull months your little bookworm. In fact, in many cases, these events are a lot more exciting than your average summer classes.
Believe it or not, more students participate in this type of summer camp because these provide more chances of learning that can be used for their upcoming school year. Plus, those with smaller session sizes tend to offer better results and a more agreeable setting for kids who are eager to learn new things.
Academic summer camps come in a variety of different subgroups, including STEM, science, math, language, writing, and foreign languages, among others.
3. Adventure Summer Camps
This type of summer camp is more like the past definition of a “camp” – complete with backpacks, campfires, and several other outdoor activities. But, unlike what you see in the movies, adventure summer camps tend to teach kids more practical skills than simply roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories at night.
In these summer camps, children learn different life skills as well as practical ones. While spending time in the wilderness, children can learn how to properly climb rocks, tie knots, and virtually everything else that can be useful if they are left on their own without the comforts of urbanized living.
Other activities this type of camp may offer include:
- Scuba Diving
- Marine Biology
- Whitewater Rafting
4. Arts Summer Camps
Budding artists should be able to enjoy art summer camps to the fullest as these gatherings provide the ideal setting for honing their craft. From fine arts to performing arts, students who attend this type of summer camp can tap their inner creativity and bring it out as beautiful performances or works of art.
Some of the activities your child can look forward to include painting and sculpting. Of course, art isn’t limited to the different forms of artwork as he can also learn to dance, act, and write in this type of summer camp.
5. Technology Summer Camps
Technology often crosses over into many arts summer camp, but they can also be considered an entirely separate category altogether.
Most technology summer camps offer plenty of hands-on exercises to hone every student’s skills. These gatherings present their talent in arts to a whole new level through activities like animation, website design, graphics design, and game design. Film production and digital photography are also included in this category.
Of course, you always have a choice to help your child learn more about the engineering side of things by helping him enroll in a robotics camp. But, if he’s more of a software engineer kind of kid, you shouldn’t have a hard time looking for computer programming camps as well.
A Final Thought
Allowing your child to participate in summer camps is the first step to helping achieve his dreams or search for what he wants to do in the future. While you can offer suggestions, always remember to keep an open mind and listen to what he wants to do. While you may want the best for him, he should always have the final say when it comes to what he wants to do.
Maloy Burman is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Premier Genie FZ LLC. He is responsible for driving Premier Genie into a leadership position in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education space in Asia, Middle East and Africa and building a solid brand value. Premier Genie is currently running 5 centers in Dubai and 5 centers in India with a goal to multiply that over the next 5 years.