June 21st marks the official start of summer! If you’re like some parents, then this may be the time of year when you start weighing summer entertainment and educational options available to your kids.
One of those options is summer camp. Summer camps not only provide an outlet for excess energy, the truly special camps inspire, teach and provide an opportunity for personal and professional exploration.
Why Summer Camp Matters
Between 2001 and 2004 the American Camp Association conducted research with over 5000 families from 80 ACA-Accredited camps to determine the outcomes of the camp experience as expressed by parents and children.
Powerful evidence noted that children, teens and even camp staff reported significant growth in the following areas:
- Self-Esteem & Independence
- Peer Relationships
- Adventure & Exploration
- Leadership Skills
- Friendship Skills
- Environmental Awareness
- Values & Decision-Making Skills
- Social Comfort & Communication Skills
While not all campers and parents expressed growth in all of the above areas, there was enough evidence put forth to suggest that there are many summer camp benefits, and attending helps kids and teens become more confident and self-aware.
Why Is Summer Camp Important?
Kind of sounds like the same question, right?
But while the above points to summer camp’s immediate impact, it’s valuable to also look at the long term impact a summer experience can make.
For instance, college admittance is getting more and more competitive every single year. What can parents do to give their students an edge in the race for admission to colleges like Stanford and Columbia? One solution is to send children and teens to academic summer camps or STEM summer camps to increase academic readiness and put them one step ahead.
While it’s tempting to say that students who attend these types of programs are already planning on going to college in the future–or that their parents give them the support and funds to make it possible–the individual camp experience can make all the difference once they arrive.
Plus, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Money [or a lack thereof] is not the barrier to college. Evidence indicates that the vast majority of students who don’t attend college are kept out by academic barriers, not financial ones.”
Looking at a real life example, Deborah D. wanted to give her son an advantage, so she found a summer technology camp called iD Tech (sounds familiar).
“iD Tech Camps has pointed my son in the direction of becoming a true leader,” said Deborah. “After camp, Sebastian’s confidence increased as he learned real world technology skills that will take him far in life.”
Students who attend summer STEM programs like iD Tech leave with practical knowledge and skills in technology, as well as new friends. While most summer computer camps for kids and teens can claim this as well, attending iD Tech has proven to put students one step ahead of their peers when it comes to getting into–and attending–college. A recent survey distributed to former campers reported that an astounding 94% of iD Tech Camps alumni went on to attend college.
“This is impressive and something we are very proud of,” states Pete Ingram-Cauchi, President and CEO of iD Tech. “iD Tech Camps gives students a solid educational experience while exposing them to the many facets that make up the university experience–increasing their readiness and excitement about college. We’ve been running our tech camps for 10 years, and we are finally seeing the data come full circle. The trends are exciting.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “roughly 35 percent of college-aged students go on to attend college.”
So why are students at iD Tech Camps increasing this percentage so drastically?
One word: inspiration.
iD Tech Camps inspires students in many ways. By holding summer camps at 150 prestigious universities including Stanford, NYU, and others, iD Tech students get a feel for what it’s like to go to college; they then strive to get in “for real” after high school. Students at camp are given the opportunity to further develop a hobby or passion then turn it into a potential career.
The mentors at camp are enthusiastic instructors immersed in the tech field. Instructors teach using cutting-edge products that the pros use, inspiring students to dive into their specific program of interest. Attending a program like iD Tech plays a large factor in preparing students for college.
“My daughter learned creative, programming and development skills while at iD Tech Camps,” said Madelyne W. “These skills will help prepare her for college and a professional career.”
Putting Knowledge Into Action
When deciding which camp to enroll your student in this summer, it’s clear we’re biased—we run amazing camps!
But here’s some objective advice: Make sure to consider camps that meet thorough health and safety standards each year. Here at iD, our aim is – and always has been – to help children and teens gain knowledge and skills that they can use throughout life, while also having a safe and fun summer camp experience!
In fact, some students have proven that attending our camps can really change lives; They’ve used the tech skills they’ve learned at iD Tech to go on to Do Something Big!
So if you’re on the lookout for a technologically-advanced camp with firmly planted family-run roots, then you’re in luck! We still have space at many prestigious university locations across the United States, with 50+ courses in coding, game development, robotics, and design.
What is your kid doing this summer?