Benefits of Camp
The camp experience enriches lives and changes the world.
Camp provides children with a community of caring adults who
nurture experiential education that results in self-respect and
appreciation for human value. All of the outcomes —
self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem, leadership, and
self-respect — build personal competencies.
These personal competencies are reflected in the four “C's” of
the camp community: compassion, contribution, commitment,
and character. For years, campers' parents have reported
that when their children return home from camp they are more
caring, understand the importance of giving, are more equipped
to stand up for what they know is right, and are willing to be
more responsible. These are the qualities that will help
build a successful nation and a civil society.
Children are at less risk at camp where they have a sense of
community, develop intergenerational relationships, and learn
through first-hand experiences. Trained, caring adult role
models help children feel loved, capable, and included. Camp
helps children grow by providing a supervised, positive
environment that has safety as a primary commitment.
Camp professionals have enormous power in conveying simple
teachable moments . . . special moments of passing experiences
touched by the human spirit.
The moments that result in the camp experience repeatedly
express the value of people. We demonstrate that value through
respect, honesty, caring, and sharing. Through the camp
experience, young people learn to understand the strength of
mankind. They also develop an appreciation for the qualities
required to protect the fragile relationships needed to protect
The natural world becomes more enhanced and appreciated. One
seeks and appreciates what is real, genuine, and non-artificial.
In seeking those qualities in people as well as in the actual
world, one realizes the importance of human connections for
survival and of the critical connections to our physical world.
Campers realize the need to protect not only one another, but
also the environment in which they live.
is valued. Contributions are both obvious and subtle. The
benefits of work are both immediate and slow to emerge. Most
significantly, although the experience itself is often fleeting,
its impact on the human spirit lasts a lifetime. Children who
attend camp develop connections with the world.
One must never underestimate the simplest lesson or the briefest
wink of time. It may be a star in someone's horizon for all