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Date:5/10/2013

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Among the many psychological benefits, camp provides kids with a hands-on learning experience in a safe environment, free from bullying and peer pressure, which seem so prevalent in today’s society. Leading experts in childhood development reinforce the importance of the camp experience. In his book, "Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow,” author and featured Huffington Post blogger, Michael Thompson, Ph.D. concluded that the camp experience inspires confidence and leadership skills in youth. As a part of his research, Dr. Thompson asked college admissions officers about the camp experience as it relates to academic potential. University advisors responded: “Campers are more likely to succeed in college because they have had successful experiences away from home.” Studies show that campers develop healthy coping skills as they assimilate to the camp environment and engage in fun activities with other kids. In an article published by Psychology Today, Michael Ungar, Ph.D, asserts: “Sending children to a residential, or day camp, builds resilience.”

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In the modern world, particularly in urban areas, opportunities for kids to commune with nature are scarce. Today’s youth are often immersed in man-made environments, rife with concrete structures and tech-toys. While technology is important to our lives, kids need to have a fundame
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