Regardless of your age whether you go to day camp locally or overnight camp in another city or country, you will learn lessons, develop friendships and make memories that will last a lifetime. Summer camp can offer new experiences and insights into yourself (self-discovery) and the world around you.
An introduction to the post-secondary school experience
Some summer programs for high school students are called “pre-college programs” that take place on a college or university campus. These programs can give you a glimpse into your future (what it could be!) and a glimpse of what life is like after high school (at least partially).
Some sports camps and other specialty camps for teens and tweens take place at local colleges and universities (like York University, for example). This can allow you to experience a university athlete’s schedule, campus, and buildings for study.
Overnight camp programs can introduce you to life as a university or college student living away from home, as you’re on your own, becoming more independent, and interacting with students from all over the world. Going to camp in your home town or out of town helps facilitate responsibility, where you have opportunities to make decisions that are in your best interest.
Friendships that last a lifetime
Summer camp can connect you with other students from other places who share common interests. They will teach you new things about the subject(s) you enjoy, and they will learn from you as well. There is no doubt you will make friendships that you will remember for the rest of your life, and it’s easy to stay connected through WhatsApp groups and social media channels.
Summer camps help you learn how to be away from your family, adjust to a new routine and make new friends. You might get a chance to see how exciting college life can be.
Summer camps introduce you to new ideas, concepts and perspectives. You will learn from different staff members, special guests, and even younger campers. There are a comradery and support system that is woven into summer camps that can be very gratifying and encouraging. You will develop your leadership skills, creative skills communication, and interpersonal skills, among many others. You will be encouraged to be the best person you can, make a difference in the world and develop your skills in an area you love. You may become inspired to use your new skills at school, at home, and in your community. You might even become a budding activist or volunteer during the school year for an important cause.
Each summer camp program you get involved in can help provide you with the tools and support you need to make a positive change in your everyday life and in the lives of others. Summer camp programs might not be for everyone, but you won’t know if it’s for you until you test the water.