Children can gain a lot from attending camp—here's how you can help.
Working with peers is an invaluable skill, and campers—especially at sleep-away camp—often have more time and freedom to do so. Remind your child that while it’s important to lead, it’s also important to support other people’s projects and ideas. Being a good teammate is a vital life skill and important for reaching personal goals. Nobody wants to collaborate with people who just make demands, so being open to the ideas and input of others will only create strong friendships.
I think specialized camps, and all camps really, offer kids a great opportunity to make friends who share a personal interest. Kids tend to adopt the interest and hobbies of their friends, which can be good or bad depending on the friends. I think it’s a shame to let interests go by the wayside, not because of disinterest, but rather because there is nobody to “play with.” I use that term loosely, but as far as filmmaking goes it certainly helps to have a group of willing and invested friends to work with. Just look at last year’s Oscar winning best director Damien Chazelle and his college roommate and long-time collaborator Justin Hurwitz, who also won two Oscars this year—Best Original Score and Best Original Song. I think finding friends who share a common interest can be the difference between a life-long pursuit or fading into a passing hobby.