Preparing your child for summer camp will ensure success

Summertime is here and hundreds of camps are ready to provide your kids and teens with a fun learning experience!  Today we are going to share with parents the benefits of your kids going to summer camp; how to find a camp; and, ways to prepare your child for a wonderful camp experience.

Camps have a big impact on childhood development:

The camp experience is recognized by child development professionals as valuable in helping children mature socially, emotionally, intellectually, morally, and physically. At camp, children learn to problem-solve, make social adjustments to new and different people, learn responsibility, and gain new skills to increase their self-esteem.

Benefits for children in summer programs:

Where can I find a great camp for my child?

Indianapolis is fortunate to have the Summer Youth Program Fund, a collaborative of 11 local and national partners, which has provided $2.6 million in grants to support youth summer programs this year at 172 organizations in Marion County. The grants fund programs, activities and experiences for more than 58,212 area children ages 4 to 19—many of which are free, low-cost or have scholarships available.

Marion County youth will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of camps, acquire employment, enhance their academics, engage with the arts and enjoy other summer activities, because of these grants.  For every child’s interest or need, there is a camp that is a great match for your child!

Preparing your child for camp will ensure success!

Other Youth Resources for Parents:

To get a copy of MCCOY’s Youth Activity Directory, go to

Courtesy of Social Health Association of Indiana, an educational nonprofit organization empowering youth to make responsible choices and adopt healthy behaviors. Parent resources are available on the website:  or by calling 317-667-0340