4 Benefits of Sending Your Kids to an Educational Summer Camp

Reopening and Reuniting at Stratford in the Age of COVID-19

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With summer quickly approaching, you’re likely starting to plan activities for your child in the months outside of school. While there are many options and activities for them to enjoy, some are more beneficial than others.

If you want your child to have fun and enjoy their break without falling behind their peers or forgetting what they learned in school, signing them up for an educational summer camp is an excellent option. These camps will allow them to explore the subjects they love free from the pressure of a report card or school admissions.

Below, we’ve outlined four benefits your child will get from attending an educational summer camp, whether the focus is robotics, writing, or science.

1. Summer camps keep their brains engaged

Multiple studies have shown that children lose ground during summer vacation in a phenomenon called summer brain drain. After break, it takes children nearly two to three months to catch up to where they were when school ended in the spring.

Instead of wasting the first month of school relearning subjects, your child can dive into the school year ready to go with the help of educational summer camps. Camps that explore math, language arts, science, and engineering topics are a fun, engaging way for your child to continue learning and exploring during the summer months.

2. Summer camps can get kids caught up

If you have a child who struggled in a certain subject last year, then summer is the perfect time for them to get them caught up and to build the self-esteem necessary to help them excel when school kicks off again. Studies have shown that students who attend academic summer programs have higher academic performance over the next two years compared to students who do not participate in a summer program.  

For children that need a bit of extra help, look for a tutoring summer camp that provides targeted instruction in a hands-on, interactive, and engaging environment. Getting caught up doesn’t have to feel like school, and tutoring camps are a great way to incorporate exploration with necessary learning.

3. Summer camps allow children to explore new concepts

Although educational summer camps are focused on academic learning, they are also a space where children can explore new ideas, concepts, and theories that they may not dive into in the classroom. A summer camp can be a place where your budding scientist explores new cancer treatments or learns about crime scene investigation. Instead of traditional school essays, a future Hemingway can practice their fictional prose or create a mythical tale at camp. 

At educational summer camps, your child can learn essential academic concepts without feeling like they are in the classroom. They’ll have a place to experiment, create, and explore subjects they’re passionate about, free from the pressure of grades.

4. Summer camps spark passion

During the normal school year, children will have subjects they love and subjects they don’t like as much. However, summer camps offer a place where your child can learn exactly what they want to learn. No matter what your child is passionate about, summer camps offer a stretch of time where they can explore and learn about their passion, unhindered by other subjects or obligations.

Kids are very rarely afforded the opportunity to dedicate an extended amount of time to learning about what they love, and dedicated summer camps can help solidify their passion and spark a lifelong love for a certain subject or topic.

An educational summer camp can help your child further their academic success, get them over an educational hurdle, boost their passion for a certain subject, or enhance their thirst for knowledge. No matter what kind of summer camp your child is looking for, you’ll find it at Stratford School’s summer camp programs. Browse our diverse range of educational summer camp options today!