As the final bell of the school year rings and moms throughout the country turn their attention to the lazy days of Summer, a large number of kids start packing their bags for the nearly 7,000 overnight camps that exist throughout America.
If the thought of overnight camps conjures up scenes from Meatballs and The Parent Trap, you've got the right idea. Whether the camp is a private institution or affiliated with a religious establishment, it is highly likely that tots will be swimming, horseback riding, playing an organized sport, doing arts and crafts, climbing a wall or participating in a ropes course of some sort. All the while, they will be building confidence, working on their social skills, strengthening their athletic abilities and making friends. The thought of being separated from your lil one for one, two, four or even eight weeks may sound rough, but camp lessons last a lifetime.
Would you consider sending your child to sleep away camp?
Photo courtesy of Camp Saginaw