The summertime gives kids a break from school but the need to stay active and engaged never goes on vacation. If you are considering a summer camp this year, experts like Michael Popkin, Ph.D., family therapist and founder of Active Parenting, have expressed, "The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school."
Generally, kids go from home to school to extracurricular, with each environment informing their development. Summer camp presents another unique venue for growth, allowing kids to become independent while socializing, making new friends, and even learning new expertise.
Outside of the school structure, the short-term, private nature affords most camps the flexibility to specialize in a number of unconventional interests. With endless possibilities, from traditional nature or horseback riding to all kinds of sports, from religion-focused to engineering or performing arts, from indoor play centers to even Symphony Music School, Kamloops Matters has created a guide of the best Camp organizations in the area. The Summer Camps Stars can be found here: https://kamloops.starlocal.ca/summer-camps/
Ultimately camp can be a fantastic, distraction-free option, allowing kids to test out new interests and from there, you never know where those passions may take them.