5 Psychological Benefits of Sending Your Child to Overnight Summer Camps

Published on: July 2, 2021

Leaving the comforts of home and going to overnight camp is a rite of passage for many kids, tweens and teens. And not only is it a milestone to be celebrated and achieved, but the experience also fosters some great psychological benefits for your child.

Here are five ways attending Muskoka Woods overnight summer camp will improve your child’s mental wellbeing:

 

  1. Coping skills. Yes, your child will learn how to navigate a ropes course or start a fire and other life skills, but more importantly, they’ll learn how to foster relationships with peers and camp counsellors alike. When your child is at summer camp and away from your guidance and support, they will adapt and learn how to ask for help when needed, take initiative on certain tasks and even take small risks without parental input.
  2. Resilience. While many kids might feel homesick and want to return to the comforts of Mom and Dad during their first few nights away at camp, they will learn to stick it out in their new environment and adapt to their new routines at camp. This is a skill that they will carry with them throughout their lives as it will help them transition to new situations, jobs and life circumstances.
  3. Independence. Without having their parents to tell them what to do or how to organize their belongings, guests at Muskoka Woods figure it out for themselves. This helps to build and support their independence and also leads to growth and maturity during their stay.
  4. Self-confidence. The activities available at Muskoka Woods are unparalleled. This means that your child will be able to try and choose from a gamut of activities that will challenge them both physically and mentally, from zip-lining and swimming to climbing a ropes course and paddle boarding. Pushing their limits in a safe environment shows them that they can achieve anything they put their minds to, which has a lasting effect long after the weeks of camps are over. In addition, meeting new people and making new friends is a great way to boost your child’s self-confidence. Being able to unplug and surround themselves with like-minded guests will foster friendships that can last a lifetime as they bond over shared experiences, often for the first time.
  5. Personal growth. When it comes to personal achievements, summer camp is an awesome place to foster wellness and growth while trying new activities. Not only does the experience foster self-confidence and self-esteem, but with the array of workshops available at Muskoka Woods, including digital photography, culinary arts and fashion design, guests are always challenging themselves. Summer camp also gives guests the opportunity to develop their fitness skills and set a goal during their time there. Whether it’s to climb the ropes course in record time or learn how to play guitar, there’s no shortage of experiences available to guests at Muskoka Woods to challenge themselves both physically and mentally.

About the Author

Rachel Naud lives in Toronto with her husband, 16-year-old son and Old English Sheepdog, Stanley. When she's not busy with the three boys in her life, she is also the founder and editor of INBETWEEN magazine, a digital magazine geared to parents of teens. Rachel can often be seen on morning shows across the country, talking about trends and products relevant to that demographic. She has appeared on The Morning Show, Breakfast TV, CTV Winnipeg, CTV Ottawa and more. In addition, Rachel is also the coordinator of the Lifestyle Media program at Centennial College in Toronto, where she also teaches students a variety of subjects in Lifestyle Media. To unwind, Rachel loves to cook while mostly blasting The Chicks.

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