Have you been thinking of sending your child on a residential summer camp? It can be daunting for both parents and their children but there are some amazing benefits for your child to experience from having time away. Here are 12 Proven Benefits of Sending Your Kids on a Residential Summer Camp.
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The Benefits of a Residential Summer Camp
#1. Improved Self-Esteem & Self-Belief
Taking part in a residential summer camp means your child will be away from parents & siblings. They will have to rely on their own instincts and abilities to overcome obstacles, take part in activities and get their voice & opinions heard. With every small step they achieve, their self-esteem and self-belief will grow.
#2. Acquire New Life Skills
No matter what type of residential summer camp your child attends, they will learn new life skills based on their experiences. They may even find a sport or hobby they may not have thought about before.
#3. Gain an Improved Sense of Independence
Being away from your parents means you have to take responsibility for your own actions and decisions. From choosing what to wear each day, to ensuring you eat well and keep your area neat and tidy or suffer the consequences, your child will certainly gain a sense of independence that can only come from being away from you, however well meaning you are.
Hopefully this new found sense of independence will stay with them when they return home and you won’t have to keep reminding them to brush their teeth, clean their room, put their laundry away and do other chores!
#4. Experience a Sense of Belonging
Having fun with their peers can foster a sense of belonging. They will bond with their teammates on tasks and feel included in the activities taking place.
#5. Character Development
Being away from home is character building. You get to express yourself and your feelings to people who may not know you. All the choices you make during the day will have an impact and you will soon learn to make good choices.
From deciding which activity to do next to how much of your pocket money to spend, the choices you make help shape your character into the future.
#6. Experience New Activities
On a residential summer camp your child will get the opportunity to experience new activities that you may not have locally or may not have considered before. From healthy, outdoor activities to having fun in teams to letting their creative side out, they will get to experience a host of fun activities and may even find a sport or hobby for life.
#7. Unlock Hidden Talents
A good camp will help unlock the hidden talents of each of the participants. Your child may find they are a natural leader or have exceptional navigation skills or can sing, act, dance or paint. Whatever talent they have, it will come to the forefront as they grow in confidence.
#8. Meet New Friends
It can be daunting heading off to a residential summer camp where you may not know other children. But, through the activities you participate in, you will soon find like-minded individuals and foster new friendships, many of which can last a lifetime.
#9. Team Building & Supporting Others
Summer Camp activities are designed to encourage participants to work together to achieve a common goal. Your child will learn to work as part of a team and will learn to support other members of their team to achieve these goals. These are life lessons that will help them as they grow.
#10. Improve Interpersonal Skills
Having nobody around to answer for them or speak up for them will help improve your child’s interpersonal skills. They will need to fight to get their voice heard and have their opinions considered.
They will also have to learn to take instructions and listen to team leaders so they can excel at the activities and challenges they participate in.
#11. Learn to be Creative and Prepare for Mental & Physical Challenges
Many of the challenges your child will face at a summer camp will need preparation both mentally and physically. They will have to become creative thinkers to help their team meet their goals and do the best they can in each task.
#12. Appreciate the Little Things
Finally a week away from home or even a few days can help your child appreciate the little things! From having a fully stocked fridge and their favourite meals and snacks to choose from to getting their laundry done, taking a shower whenever they wish to having a warm bed and being driven to and from activities, they will hopefully have a better understanding of all, you as parents, do for them on a daily basis.
Why to Send Your Child on a Residential Summer Camp
Summer camps give your child the opportunity to attain a healthy competitiveness that can produce several advantages throughout life. Experts agree that summer camp is the best way to provide your child with lifelong physical and psychological benefits:
Peter Scales, Ph.D., senior fellow with the Search Institute in Minneapolis says “Camp is one of the few institutions where young people can experience and satisfy their need for physical activity, creative expression and true participation in a community environment. Most schools don’t satisfy all these needs.”
Michael Popkin, Ph.d., family therapist and founder of Active Parentings agrees, “The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school.”
According to former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, former chair of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, ”[Camp] gets them away from a neighbourhood or situation that may exist in their neighbourhoods that isn’t healthy . . . It teaches them how to get along with other people, both other young people as well as adults. To give our children a safe place to learn and grow…camp does that.”
What to Expect at a Delphi Residential Summer Camp
We aim to inspire through experiences and encourage all kids to become part of the adventure. Our experienced instructors are fully certified and safety accredited so you can be sure that your child is being properly looked after. We work to create a warm, supportive environment for students so they quickly feel at home. We have found that the best way for them to cope with being away from home is to keep them busy, busy, busy! They will be zip-lining, climbing, kayaking, and much more, while making lifetime memories and new friendships.
At Delphi Resort, we have two types of Adventure Camps to choose from:
All Delphi’s residential camps include overnight accommodation in the brand new Wild Atlantic Hostel. Day camps are also available for children of families staying at the resort, or those local to the resort. So whether it’s for a week or a day, Delphi Resort Summer Camps and course packages are all-inclusive!
At a Delphi Adventure Residential Summer Camp, your kids will also get a well earned digital detox – away from their phone, TV, computer and video games.
With limited access to WiFi and limited TV time, your children will get outside and will be kept so busy experiencing new things that they won’t even miss it!
Mobile signal is minimal depending on your network and where you are in the resort due to the high mountains that surround it – but WhatsApp and Viber work in public areas where WiFi is available, so they will still have a chance to give you updates.
A payphone is also provided for campers to ring home if they wish. If you wish to contact your child while they are staying at Delphi, you can do this by ringing them anytime. Your camper will always be kept busy, so if you can’t get directly through to them you can leave a message and they will ensure your child gives you a call back.
Safety is of prime importance at Delphi Resort. “We consider this to be our single most important responsibility from the moment your child arrives until they depart. We are proud of our safety record and all staff are trained to think and act “safety first.” We provide 24 hr supervision and have a comprehensive safety statement available on request”.
Adventure Camps will run on selected dates from 7th July – 11th August 2019, and you can choose from a 7, 5 or 3 day residential camp or just book in for one day. Click here to book now*! Or call +353 (0)95 42208 for more information.