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  www.mccoyouth.org/resource/youth-activity-directory

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: www.socialhealth.org  or by calling 317-667-0340