Summer is when some of the most fun childhood memories are made, but did you know that it’s also an awesome opportunity for your girl to grow, learn, develop her mental wellness, and become her best self? Here are seven amazing benefits your girl will get from her summer camp experience.
7 Girl Scout Summer Camp Benefits
1. She’ll make new friends
There’s nothing quite like giggling over games in the bunk or singing songs with new besties around a campfire. That’s why it’s actually good to send her to camp where she might not know many (or any) other girls! Having a diverse group of friends, not just kids she knows from school, will broaden her horizons, and help her see her own worth, too.
2. She’ll see all she can be
In an all-girl environment like Girl Scout summer camp, girls are more comfortable trying new outdoor activities, and they get to take the lead every single time—meaning there’s plenty of room at the top for your girl to take charge and flex her muscle, both when it comes to outdoor adventure and crucial leadership skills that will last her a lifetime.
3. She’ll turn off her phone and tune in to nature
Getting out in nature, soaking up the sun, or dashing inside during a sudden downpour is way more exciting than any app she might have on her phone and is all part of the adventure of camp. Unplugging for a while will keep her more present and truly enjoying every moment instead of simply watching it from a screen. According to the American Psychological Association, spending time in nature is linked to both cognitive benefits and improvements in mood, mental health and emotional well-being.
4. She’ll grow her grit
The truth is, she might scrape a knee or elbow while she’s away—and that’s a good thing! When she learns to get back up after minor setbacks, like scrapes and bumps, she’s building her resilience and learning that she’s a lot tougher than she thinks. Camp is also a great place for girls to try new experiences from horseback riding to archery, to getting on stage to sing – each new experience helps build her confidence, and with girls and caring counselors cheering her along, you’ll see your girl learn what it means to be courageous.
5. She’ll meet new mentors
Having a variety of awesome role models will help your girl see the many ways to be successful and happy in life. And the incredibly supportive staff and counselors at your girl’s summer camp are ready to step up to the plate and inspire!
6. She’ll gain independence
Being away from home—especially if that’s a new thing for her—might be a bit intimidating to both your daughter and you. But having that time away to explore and try activities on her own will make her more self-reliant and able to discover new things to share and teach you when she returns home. After two years of lockdowns, social distancing, and isolation from individuals, getting away from home can be a challenge. Check with your camp to see how they’re not only navigating health safety, but how they help support her mental health and wellness as a first-time camper, or camper who may not have been away from home for an expended period.
7. She’ll have tons of time for play
Playtime is anything but a waste of time. In fact, studies show that play allows the neurons in a child’s brain to form new connections—and that this rewiring helps boost emotional intelligence, decision-making skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities.
The truth is, sending your girl off to camp is one of the best gifts you can give her.
The fun, outdoor adventure, and friends will enrich her life and—perhaps without her even noticing—give her the courage, people skills, and leadership chops to succeed at whatever she sets her mind to.
What kind of camps are offered?
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas offers a variety of day camps, overnight camps and STEM-focused camps to suit every girl elementary through high school, regardless of whether they are currently a Girl Scout or not. Overnight camp sessions start at $520/week (plus $35 fee for non-registered Girl Scouts). We invite you to check out our summer camp guide to find the perfect fit for your girl!
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