What Campers Gain From Camp
The Camp Advantage
There is no replacement for a strong academic education – it is undeniably important for a child’s success. That being said, the skills that are not taught routinely in a traditional school setting are now recognized as the most critical in providing a bright future for today’s youth. These skills – communication, collaboration, creativity, grit and empathy – are taught, and practiced, for fifteen hours a day, every day, at camp.
Specifically, the camp environment provides an ideal framework for campers to:
- develop and maintain meaningful friendships
- learn about being in a community – something bigger than themselves
- work with others for a common goal
- take responsibility and be contributing member of a group, team, community – both on a small and large scale
- communicate with peers and adults, using both verbal and non-verbal language to be successful and respectful
- self advocate, and lean on others for support when needed
While campers and counselors may view camp as the most fun and carefree time of their lives, the value of the life skills learned at summer camp can’t be underscored. Camp Manitou prides itself on its ability to cultivate social and character skills such as enthusiasm, creativity, critical thinking, work ethic, communication, cooperation, empathy and acceptance.
In many ways, summer camp is a non-stop intensive course in valuable life skills. Living in a cabin with others fosters communication, empathy and collaboration as well as independence and self-reliance. Healthy competition, especially College League and Color War, help develop teamwork, creativity, enthusiasm, perseverance as well as core values such as honor, integrity and respect.
Manitou prides itself on hiring and retaining the highest quality staff who effectively model desired behaviors and traits to our campers.
“A few weeks spent in a well organized summer camp may be of more value educationally than a whole year of formal school work.”
21st President of Harvard Charles Eliot