For good old-fashioned fun and structured freedom, kids and parents alike look forward to a summer away from home. Kids with special needs (and their parents) are no exception. But for most first-time special needs campers and parents, venturing out into the world at camp raises questions and concerns. From camp policies on attention, to participation in sports, to the potential to make friends, the perfect camp for your special needs child beckons for you to find it. Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is here to show you how.
Children and teens love the summer — but is the feeling mutual? According to the National Summer Learning Association, the summer makes students vulnerable to forgetting the skills acquired during the academic year, losing months of grade level equivalency and gaining excessive weight. Summer camp can help reverse the decline.
Summer camp brings two things to mind: endless fun and warm memories. However, more than just a place to embark on new adventures and build new friendships, summer camp prepares the young mind for something greater: invaluable life skills. Learning how to live with people other than family, resolve conflict, disconnect from technology and appreciate the outdoors only scratches the surface. Threaded into the summer camp learning experience is the critical ability to plan ahead. Discover just a few of the ways summer camp breeds strong planners.
The outdoor activities. The lifelong friends. The heartfelt traditions. Every summer at camp welcomes another adventure. Wondering how we fit all the fun into one day? By instilling purpose into everything we do — every day, every summer — with a balanced, structured and scheduled agenda. We plan down to the detail and none of the joy happens by accident. Discover a day in the life at summer camp.
Summer camp is an invaluable experience for teens. The sense of belonging unlike anywhere else offers a place to be yourself: a rare chance to love without limits or labels. The rhythm of respite, recreation and renewal inspires teens to thrive. The transformative journey to explore year after year yields advantages teens can bring to life outside of camp. Consider our five life-changing lessons teens learn at summer camp.
A U.S. tradition for more than 150 years, more than ten million American kids go to camp every summer. In the beginning, the allure of camp was getting away from miserable and even unhealthy hot city summers (remember, this was before air conditioning). Camp is no doubt a popular trend and today, kids have even more reasons to embark on the annual adventure. Consider the top eight things to do at summer camp.
Is your kid ready to join the millions who attend summer camp throughout the United States each year? It’s an important question. And the quest to find the best option for your kid raises many more. We gathered some of the top questions parents ask about summer camp and filled in the blanks to help you make the best decision. The goal is to prepare both you and your kid for embarking on the incredible journey of summer camp.
As a parent of a child with special needs, how could you possibly trust anyone to deliver the same level of care you provide day in and day out? It’s a question on the minds of many parents searching for the people and places best suited to not only understand the daily challenges common to children with special needs but also help the child conquer them. Entrusting a special needs child to new caregivers is without a doubt a huge step for parents. Parents ready to take the step can consider a specialized summer camp program.
Summer camp is more than just gathering by the fire, roasting marshmallows with friends and singing along to the sweet sounds of the guitar. Beyond mountain biking, horseback riding, waterskiing, canoeing and other fun outdoor activities, summer camp teaches valuable life skills that nurture independence and confidence. Pushed to try new things, campers break free from their comfort zones and learn to make their own decisions. On the quest to overcome obstacles, campers build a foundation to stand and grow for the rest of their lives. Year after year, summer camp paves the path to adulthood in five meaningful ways.
Summer camp provides a host of benefits for children of all ages. For children with special needs, those benefits account for even more. Rare opportunities to excel and exciting new ways to experience the world only scratch the surface of the benefits available to campers with (or even without) special needs. Even parents can take advantage of the benefits including the chance to rest during respite care. For good reason, both campers and parents look forward to the summer camp experience every year.