There is a Camp for Every Child

Media Tip from the American Camp Association

The camp experience preserves and values the natural environment while providing children with unique, first-hand experiences. Through nature-based experiences at camp, children and youth learn, organize, synthesize, and reflect they experience the outdoors as a safe place and see themselves as a part of a larger cycle of life.

Camp celebrates diversity and promotes tolerance. It holds a mirror up so children can see, no matter what their color, gender or socioeconomic circumstances, that who they are is beautiful inside and out.

Camp gets kids back to nature. Unplugged from the computer, the videogames, the cell phone, they gain an appreciation for the natural environment and discover the wisdom and fun it has to offer. Camp teaches children how to cope with life's obstacles, become a leader, think outside of the box, and succeed at being themselves. Research by the American Camp Association (ACA) showed that ninety-two percent of campers felt better about themselves after the camp experience.

Currently, 10 million children attend camp each year. There is a camp for every child, and every child deserves the benefits of camp. However, not every family can afford to send their child to camp. This is why ACA's scholarship initiatives are so essential. Tell your friends and family to visit for everything camping related.

Last Updated: 2/7/2011 12:30:00 PM EST


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