There are a wealth of reasons why getting kids out of the house and into a camp during the summer months can be beneficial. Just in case you need some extra motivation or simple convincing to sign your youngster up for a summer camp, here are three great reasons to allow them to experience summer camp:
To unplug from technology and reconnect with nature. Studies report that the average child aged 8-18 spends about 35 hours a week watching TV, and that’s not counting video games and computer time. Too much time spent in front of the TV has been shown to lower their attention span, can alter their dreams and even make them violent and more likely to show aggression. Time spent reconnecting with nature helps children to develop powers of observation and creativity that help to foster language and collaborative skills.
To spend the day being physically active and trying new things. Camp pushes children out of their comfort zone and allows them to try out new hobbies and activities to discover new passions. Being active not only decreases your child’s odds of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and depression it may also boost the areas in the brain responsible for verbal memory and learning.
To learn social skills and make new friends. Camp offers a new and diverse group of kids for your child to interact with. Allowing them to build relationships within a new group teaches confidence. Camp also teaches children to communicate, work together as a team and how to be a leader.
Thoughts of summer camp bring back memories of lawn games, water fights and lasting friendships. What better way to provide your kids with fond summer memories of their own than to enroll them in an adventure-themed camp? Our camps will have them exploring underground delights, spending time on the water and rock and learning wilderness survival and nature lessons!
This summer Roanoke Parks and Recreation is offering two weeks of Outdoor Exploration Camp for children ages 8 to 10 and two weeks of Outdoor Venture Camp for ages 11 to 13. For older kids, ages 14 to 17, there is an exciting new addition of the Roanoke Rocks Climbing Camp.
A typical day of Exploration or Venture Camp includes hiking, rock climbing, caving, stand up paddleboarding, canoeing, lawn games, nature classes and wilderness survival. Adventurers arrive at our Norwich Center at 8:30 a.m. and shortly thereafter travel to the morning’s activity. Whether it’s hiking to a waterfall or learning about reptiles, all this fun is sure to make our explorers hungry for lunch. After lunch, campers will continue with the day’s activity, such as caving and water sports or venture off to the next destination which might include indoor rock climbing or an exciting orienteering and map reading class. The day’s excursion will come to an end once again at the Norwich Center where our adventure seekers are certain to be weary and ready to dream of the sites and critters they will encounter the next day.
Older campers will have an extraordinary opportunity in the Roanoke Rocks Climbing Camp. They will learn how to tie knots, set up anchors and belay other climbers as well as techniques for improving their rock skills! Climbers will visit a new crag or location each day with the highlight of the camp being an overnight trip to the New River Gorge in West Virginia. Here our crag hoppers will enjoy some of the best rock climbing in the country. This trip sounds like so much fun we may have to include one for “kids at heart” next summer!
Outdoor camp not for your kiddo? Roanoke Parks and Recreation offers everything from rugby and soccer camp to theater and Frozen camp. And don’t forget! Roanoke Parks and Recreation owns 70 parks and recreation centers that provide lots of free opportunities to play outside this summer! For more information or to sign up visit www.PlayRoanoke.com.