Summer camps have a special role to play in the evolution of each child’s mind, because camps are where a lot of self-discoveries happen. Long held fears get thrown out, latent talents sprout out, amazing friendships blossom and several alter egos emerge during these camps. Here is our pick of the top 5 self-discoveries that happen in camps.
School classrooms and school yard is a familiar space where known personalities roam. Summer camps expose every child to a bit of the wilderness where new challenges are posed- either by design or by accident. Summer camps are designed to take the child for a tour outside their comfort zones because this is where they lose their fear of the unfamiliar.
Put a bunch of children in a camp and give them a task to be done on their own as a group. It is all chaos at the beginning where each kid first wants to tell what he knows. Gradually, a natural leader emerges in the group who streamlines the efforts of the team, encourages everyone to participate and leads the way to the finish line. Summer camps are perfect budding grounds for leaders.
Some children can walk up to a total stranger and starts a conversation. For some, it occurs very early but for those who are less outgoing, it just does not happen that way at home or school where there is always a helping and familiar adult to shield them from their fear of unfamiliar. Summer camps usually provide the perfect environment to meet new children, share stories and develop friendships.
Home and school can only offer so many challenges and within a few years of practice, children master the art of surviving, or even excelling here. Only when they face unique challenges like in summer camps, they discover the genie inside themselves who makes magic happen with what is available. This resourcefulness can boost the self-esteem of children greatly.
Be it art or coding, creativity derives inspiration from fresh perspectives. A new environment filled with new people doing new things is just the right springboard for the right brain to take flight and amaze the audience. Children love being appreciated for their creative exploits in camps.
StartupWonder provides Bay Area Summer Camps in Technology, STEM, Coding and Business for kids and children in grades 2-12. StartupWonder was founded to encourage youth to practice their creativity in real life problems and determine viability of those creative solutions. We teach STEM and computer coding or programming in summer camp so students can invent a product or solution, learn to write code and design computer games or Apps. Student will then create a business plan to productize their solutions. Finally, they have to pitch their startup idea in the Convention contest where they get feedback and winners receive awards. Any child can Start Wonder!