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August 15, 2013

How Summer Camp Programs Keep Kids Learning over Summer Break

Amazed Young School Girl Indicating UpwardsThe article “Summer Matters: How Parents Can Keep Their Children Learning All Summer Long” outlines the importance of keeping kids physically and mentally engaged in the summertime stretch. The article’s author and Executive Director of the Partnership for Children and Youth, Jennifer Peck, explains that “With only 90 days of summer, every day a student is not participating in summer learning is a loss by every measure.” “Fortunately,” says Peck, “there are numerous easy, effective and affordable ways that parents can help keep their children learning — and moving — all summer long.” Summer camp programs merge fun, education and movement to keep your child physically and mentally stimulated during the summer. You can explore the diverse options by activity and location at

Summer camp programs incorporate diverse learning modalities for maximum enrichment
One of the best aspects of summer camp is that children can fill their time with a variety of different activities, weaving arts in with adventure and education, or swimming and games into building robots. Summer camp programs are designed to give campers freedom to explore new interests while providing enough structure to help them build on skills and lessons throughout each session. Even camps that seem one dimensional, such as sports camps, integrate physically demanding drills and games with academic study that pushes athletes to expand their spatial and strategic comprehension. Educators know that kids learn best when the teaching mechanisms are varied and broken up by movement and physical activity. Even if our educational system is losing this vital construct, summer camp programs are founded upon it, making them that much more critical to the summertime experience.

Summer camp programs promote cooperative learning
In addition to exploring and developing new skills, Peck notes the importance of cooperative learning during the summer. Whereas classrooms often rely on independent learning, summer camps assimilate campers in cooperative engagement in nearly every component of their programs. For longer sessions, campers bunk together, eat together, and are challenged with codependent tasks such as ropes courses. Even for introverts, there are opportunities to share skills and experiences without feeling out of place.

Parents can help kids find the ideal summer camp programs
Finally, Jennifer Peck’s blog details the significance of parental involvement in a child’s summertime experience. As working parents, we often feel a sense of guilt when our kids get freed up for the summer and we are still stuck in the office. Sometimes, the best thing we can do for our kids is to provide resources and support for their summer excursions. Summer camp planning is a time for your child to dream of all of the goals and activities he or she can imagine: horseback riding, skiing, arts and crafts, developing video games – they name it, you can find it on Help them dream up the ideal summer plan, and then see what elements of that plan are feasible for your family. Together, you can find a summer camp program that incorporates physical, educational and experiential nourishment for an enriching and memorable summer.

Camppage, A Summer Camp Directory offers an extensive database of summer camp listings if you are looking for that perfect camp for your child:

Sports summer camps
Arts summer camps
Horseback riding summer camps
Adventure camps
Computer camps
Christian summer camps

We also offer loads of other kinds of summer camp programs. Visit our online directory of summer camps for more information.

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