Why Children Should Attend Summer Camp: The Benefits of Residential Summer Camp and Outdoor Education

Ileana Friese


Summer camp has been a long tradition for many families across the United States. It is a favorite summer activity and an important time of social and developmental growth for many children. The purpose of this project was to dive into the history of summer camps and outdoor education in the United States as well as the many benefits attending summer camp can provide to children. Children attend summer camp to have a great experience, make friends, and learn to have some independence from their families. Camp counselors work at summer camp to care for children and show them that a week full of fun can also be educational and beneficial to their growth. This project will walk the reader through a quick history of summer camp and outdoor education and their purpose in society and then provide a detailed explanation of the benefits and challenges of summer camp.