The Benefits of Sending Your Child to a Specialty Camp
These targeted camps allow kids to pursue their passions.
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“There is a lot of power bringing people together who share a common love of something and the community that love fosters,” says Mike Samer, co-founder of Everyday California—a San Diego, CA-based surfing camp.
“Specialty camps are a great way for students to hone-in and focus on one thing and one thing only for a short period of time,” says Christopher Rim, CEO and founder of Command Education Group, which hosts a week-long College Application Booster Camp. “Specialty camps allow kids the opportunity to build out and focus on one endeavor and make a lot of progress in a short amount of time.”
These camps are also often shorter (one week as opposed to several), which means they can fill in the gaps between other summer plans like traditional day camp, sleepaway camp, or a family vacation.
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So, if you’re trying to decide between specialty, day, and sleepaway camp for your child, consider choosing two or all three options—if it’s feasible for your family—and line them up to fully engage your kid. After a year of reduced social-emotional learning, it’s the ideal summer for this, according to Tom Rosenberg, president and CEO of ACA. “After such an isolating and traumatic year of disruption and loss, the SEL outcomes that result from camp experiences will help young people prepare to thrive in school this fall,” he says.