Personal Narrative Essay: The Benefits Of A Camp

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Beaches, pools, light traffic and no tardy bell - summer is the best!

I have been lucky enough to cherish the extra time with my kids that summer affords, visiting libraries and museums large and small (Who even knew there was a fire truck museum or a printing museum?). But as my children grow I always forfeit some of the special season to sleep away camp.
The benefits of camp go far beyond the bonding of bunk life. Camp can help kids in so very many ways:

1) Exploration

At camp kids get a smorgasbord of activities that would be near impossible to explore at home. As a kid, I loved riflery but hated archery. I would never have even known had it not been for camp.

2) Leadership

As they grow older, kids can focus on the activities they enjoy most. When I first sent my kids to camp, I was told that the camp had to do very little by way of researching their staff: most of the counselors
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When my daughter went off to college, I knew she could operate without me at least for a time. She already had. The best camps offer children building independence with enough supervision to make sure that no one's about to go all Lord of the Flies at any moment.

3) Values

The truly great thing about camp is that it encourages independence while supporting the parents' values. When my kids were in elementary, I was a single parent. I had a lot to teach them and I relied heavily on my family and community to help me. Camp was part of that community, reinforcing the lessons I tried to teach my children at home. And every time I hear someone say that my son or daughter is a "good kid", I know that it is in part because their camp helped raise them. Not only that, but camp makes the learning painless, fun even.

4) The great outdoors

At camp kids have the chance to explore the outdoors that they may lack at home. Hiking, biking, swimming, or even boating or horseback riding might be on the agenda.

4) Community, Bonding, Lifelong

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