Summer camp: Good for kids, good for parents?

What's your opinion about summer camps (day camp or sleep-away camp)?  Are summer camps good for kids?  Is sending a child to camp good for the parents?  Is camp worth the money?

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Yes, very good for both parent and child, as long as the camp is a reputable one and as long as the child is prepared for it.

Summer camp is very good for children, particularly those who dwell in congested cities.  Just getting away from poisonous city air is a step in the right direction, and healthful outdoor activity is to step closer to nature.

Alas I know some truly fearful persons who are terrified to let their children leave their immediate and absolute control, but what does this do besides instill unreasoning fear of "the deep dark forest." 

The forest is a friendly place, and nature gives us energy.

If you do not master your destiny, it will master you.

I agree with Mystic. Every kid should go to summer camp at least once. I did.

If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, then that makes me a burning truck filled with TNT hurtling through a rocket fuel depot.

It doesn't matter where you grow up..summer camp is the best experience any child could have. The fact that there is a certain freedom and responsibility for yourself is worth it. It is a time for parents as well as the children to re-evaluate their relationships.I still have memories of my years as a counselor and have over the years rekindled friendships with some of those campers...weedbychoice

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Regardless where you grow up..summer camp is the best experience any child could have..The new found freedom and responsibility to ones self alone is awesome and the friends and memories you get can last a lifetime. It is a chance for parents and child alike to re-evaluate their relationship with each other. I still have memories of my camp days as a counselor and all the wonderful kids I met, some of which I have had the good fortune to rekindle over a period of 45 years..weedbychoice

Retired from Medical field/published author/research Alternatives for better health..check out latest book..also available @ Barnes and Noble ,Amazon and http://www.scribd.com/doc/70351168/Whatever-I-m-Still-Here "WEEDS" is a metaphor I use when I write.. to describe survivors in the garden of life....

As long as it is a true Christian summer camp, it is acceptable to send your child there.  Any other camp will lead your children straight to Hell.  A Christian camp is a great place for the kids to have their Bible lessons, hunting lessons, target practice, and a proper instruction on man's role in the society.

 

Our church used to have one that we ran together with the Michigan Militia, before they went lieberal.

 

Reverend Cooper 

1 Cor 14:35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.


When I was younger, my parents forced me and my sister to go to summer sleep-away camp for 4 weeks. It was the worst experience of our lives. My parents knew we hated sleeping away from them and they sent us anyway. We cried everyday and every night and wrote home asking our parents why they were punishing us like this. I remember once, my dad told us in one of his letters telling us to try to enjoy ourselves that when we were crying, we needed to make sure we were drinking enough fluids so we wouldn't dehydrate! It made me and my sister so angry and we cried even more! I will never send my future children to sleep-away camp if they don't like to be away from home. It's too traumatizing, and not an experience I would wish upon my worst enemy!

What comes around goes around.

Well said, pa's wife.  I agree with every word you wrote.  njoy

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