If you’re a traveler with a cute little traveling family to pack up and take with you, you’re bound to have many memorable and wonderful adventures together. However, you might also consider all of the journeys you went on pre-procreation and how they impacted you and brought you to be the best version of yourself. These stories, you obviously share with your little ones, and we bet you can’t wait for them to go out on their own adventures.
Starting with summer camp might be the best way to get them ready to grow up and get the same life-changing benefits out of your shared passion for travel. Now. of course, not all summer camps are the same, and while this list speaks to a very classic sleep-away-by-the-lake-type of situation, many benefits can be applied to sport, arts and educational camps as well. Here’s why summer camp helps kids grow up to be great travelers:
1. Familiarity With Nature:
Many summer camps involve quality time with the outdoors and the requirement to adapt and feel comfortable living without certain modern luxuries. This aspect of camp has adventure, nature and third-world travelers in the making. It also gives kids an appropriate passion for keeping a clean planet which leads to green travelers doing their part to keep the world healthy enough for wandering.
2. Time Spent Away From Home:
While this is easier for some than others, sleep-away summer camps allows kids to develop a sense of independence, a necessary awareness that they will be okay even when their families aren’t always by their sides. It sets the groundwork for a student who might feel brave enough to study abroad or take a gap year, and it teaches how good it feels to both get out on your own and to come home.
3. People Skills:
Many budget travelers will know what I’m talking about when I mention that moment when you bond with your new hostel roomies on a summer camp bunk mates level. It’s really not that different. Camp can teach kids how to connect with strangers, make friends, and recognize who in the group is going to cause an issue and who is going to be a friend for life. All essential for the grown up solo traveler.
4. Arts Appreciation:
It might seem like a stretch to claim Wednesday afternoons in the Craft Corner can grow to a grander appreciation and interest in artistic and musical aspects of foreign cultures, but in actuality, an interest in different kinds of art can come from experience at a young age and also allowing kids to practice creativity leads to open minded adults, which is ideal for embracing a strange-to-you culture while traveling.
5. Love For Adventure:
Some know to be true that the farther a traveler goes, the farther they want to go. Starting with camp is a great and safe way to lay the tracks for some day going farther and farther and seeing the world.