How Summer Camps Make Lasting Impressions on Children – by Eliut Morales

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Camps are among the most popular summer activities for children. Before school ends, parents may already have camp plans for their family. While camps are seen as fun ways to keep children entertained while school isn’t in session, it’s important to note some of the positive values and experiences your kids can take back from them.

Camps are a great way for children to create lasting relationships with others. When you enroll your child into a summer camp, chances are they’ll meet other children with the same interests, whether it’s sports, art, or other hobbies. While playing team-based games and learning new information daily, they’ll get to know their peers throughout summer.

Most parents look to local organizations for summer camps. When school begins, your child will likely see many familiar faces from their summer camp days. This can especially make the transition from elementary to middle school easier. Children will likely gravitate towards people they already know, and those children may already know others – that’s how friend groups begin to take form!

Aside from manners and team effort, summer camps often teach children to be accepting of others. Knowing to accept differences between people without negativity is a skill that even adults sometimes struggle with. To learn this early in life can make a big impact on your child’s life. We live in a diverse community, and it’s important for children to learn to be aware and empathetic when it comes to the stories, challenges, and experiences of other children.

At the Community Center, we offer a variety of summer camps designed to challenge your children in fun environments. We are hopeful that the experiences they’ll share with others will make a lasting impression in their lives. Registration for summer camps is open!

Eliut Morales is the Writer/Content Specialist for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. He can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at e.morales@manassasparkva.gov.

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