Overnight camps provide a unique experience that all children should have. Overnight summer camps don’t just provide kids with a fun few weeks. Whether they know it or not, they are learning valuable skills that they will carry with them for the rest of their live. At Capitol Debate, we believe this to be true and we develop fun and educational programs that will ultimately be an integral part of your child’s development.
- Develop Applicable Skills
New experiences in general help us grow as individuals, but overnight camps are like a crash course in lifelong skill building. Kids learn time management, a larger sense of understanding, and compassion – just to name a few. Overall, camp is a great place for kids to come into their own and grow through interactions and new friendships.
- Build on Interests
Overnight camps are designed with certain interests in mind. Some revolve around nature, science, or debate. Having these types of choices, children can pick an area of interest and build their knowledge and skills within that area.
At Capitol Debate, for example, we make sure to provide the best curriculum and experienced educators. By doing so, we are able to work with our campers to increase excitement and understanding of the intricacies of debate.
Overnight camp provides kids with a new sense of independence that they may not have experienced yet. Campers are expected to know what the day’s schedule looks like and be able to plan accordingly. If there is a field trip, campers will need to make sure they have everything they need that day for their trip. This kind of independence is a skill that will follow them through the rest of their lives. What better way to work on this then while having fun at the same time?
- Enhance Social Skills
Camp in and of itself is a social experience. There are children from all different backgrounds coming together to share in one common interest. The interactions campers have with each other are shaping the way they will interact with others for the rest of their lives. Campers learn to problem solve and work together as teams. They also will learn to put differences aside to work towards common goals and to complete tasks.
- Expand Sense of Self
On top of enhancing social skills, campers get an expanded sense of self. The bonds they create at camp will reinforce their social awareness and give them a deeper understanding of why they think and feel the way they do. This is true for first time campers or seasoned vets. Having interactions with different people also lends a hand to introspection and becoming overall more self aware.
- Build Confidence
Camp is a place where kids will be a part of something so great they can’t help but to build confidence. They will leave at the end of the summer with new knowledge, the sense of a great accomplishment, and with knowing they are well on their way to being experts in whatever interest area they gravitated to the most.
- Make Great Friends
One of the greatest takeaways from overnight camps will be the long lasting friendships camper develop. Some of the greatest friendships children have come from the people they met at summer camp! Kids that go back year after year will have the chance to continue to build these relationships with kids they may not normally have had the opportunity to due mostly to geographic location.
At Capitol Debate we understand all the fantastic benefits of attending overnight camp. We took these ideas and then added our own expertise on debate. Our overnight camps are created for our campers to not only reap all the social benefits, but also to become experts in the debate world. Campers will leave at the end of the summer ready to go out for the debate team at their school for the first time or come back a stronger member of the team!