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Can Summer Camps Battle Summer Learning Loss?
Well, we better!
If you haven’t watched the video on summer learning loss produced by Horizons National and narrated by Brian Williams, please take the time to watch it.
What Can Camps Do?
Intentional Involvement. Make sure our programs are available to all kids – regardless of a family’s socio-economic background.
Intentional Enrichment. Camp Professionals know our programs provide enrichment activities. We teach new skills, values, and promote the development of trust, communication, and teambuilding. Are we providing opportunities to read or write through camp library programs, camp newsletters, story time, songwriting, etc.? Are we providing “math moments” by scoring archery tournaments, when we set tables or put out chairs at meal times, or when we do bird counts in our nature programs?
Intentional Motivation. Are we letting our campers know how important we think it is for them to continue to learn, grow and develop? We need to encourage achievement – and then celebrate it. We need to celebrate academic achievement, athletic achievement, and service achievement.
Summer Camps make a tremendous, positive impact on a child’s life – but I believe we can do more. Good Luck!
We’ll see you at Camp!
*For more information on Nathan’s programs at the South Mountain YMCA Camps, visit www.smymca.org.