Why camp? Summer camping is most certainly a fun summer option for campers but is there more to camp than just fun? There absolutely is and we are here to prove it.
When you are deciding the best possible options for your child’s summer, what are the main things you are looking for? Safety? Fun? Fellowship? Spiritual Growth? Mental Growth? There are plenty of other options to keep your camper engaged during the summer yet summer camp enrollment is remaining steady. In fact, registrations for Asbury Hills are tracking beyond where it has ever been in previous years. Why? We believe that families are realizing that there is way more to summer camp than just a fun time.
According research done by the American Camping Association (ACA)*, parents of accredited camps rate the most important benefits to camp to be
Licensed clinical social worker Bob Ditter is a believer in camping. “It is in the crucible of this community that children gain self-esteem with humility, overcome their inflated sense of self, and develop a lifelong sense of grace and wonder.”
Seeing people from all aspects of our society give truth to the importance of camping only increases the validity of these studies. Peter Scales, Ph.D. (noted author/educator, and Senior Fellow, The Search Institute) says that “At camp, children learn to problem-solve, make social adjustments to new and different people, learn responsibility, and gain new skills to increase their self-esteem.”
Not only does research prove to increase your camper’s self-esteem, help them learn responsibility, and encourage relationship building, our own statistics at Asbury Hills show spiritual growth and the desire to try new things happen at camp.
Every year, we survey both campers and parents to find out what is being done well and what can be done better. Every year, it always proves true that campers leave camp having tried new things, met new people, and grown spiritually in some way. Some learn a new worship song that resonates with them. Some campers climb the Alpine Tower for the first time. Some campers make a new best friend. Some campers learn something they didn’t know about their faith. Some campers camp out for the first time. Some campers try a new food and love it. Some campers reconnect with their faith.