“When they are older, campers who attended Traditional Summer camp are more willing to tackle the risk of going away to college, or ask their boss for a raise, or go out on their own in business,” says Feinstein. While campers may fail at something at camp, they are encouraged and inspired to try again. “Kids are taking more risks with peers and counselors who are closer in age to them than their parents. So there’ s a certain comfort level that’s free of parental pressure.” After all, counselors are not really looked at authority figures, although at a traditional camp they are trained and skilled at making sure kids are cared for and safe. But rather campers often see counselors as peers, so when a counselor encourages a kid to jump into the pool or climb that 30 ft. rock wall, the campers know they aren’t being told what to do but rather encouraged to try something new by someone they trust.
Because the focus of traditional camp is all about trying new things and having fun, kids will become empowered and more independent and they will carry that feeling with them as they grow. “Kenwal is a non-competitive nurturing environment. We encourage all campers to give it their best shot, try something new, and to always do the best they can,” says Feinstein. And really what more can you ask of a kid?