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Why is Summer Camp Important for Child Development?

Summer camp can provide children with a wide range of benefits, including physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. Here are a few ways summer camp can be important for child development:

  1. Builds independence: Summer camp can help children develop independence by allowing them to make their own decisions and be responsible for their own well-being.

  2. Promotes social skills: Camp provides children with the opportunity to meet new people, make friends, and learn how to work with others.

  3. Encourages physical activity: Many summer camps offer a variety of physical activities, which can help children develop gross and fine motor skills, as well as overall physical fitness.

  4. Develops problem-solving skills: Camp can provide children with opportunities to solve problems on their own, which can help build critical thinking skills.

  5. Fosters creativity: Camp activities can encourage creativity and self-expression, which can help children develop their imagination and thinking outside the box.

  6. Improves resilience: Summer camp can help children develop resilience by encouraging them to try new things, overcome challenges, and adapt to new situations.

Overall, summer camp can provide children with a fun and safe environment to learn, grow, and develop new skills, which can benefit them in many ways as they progress through life.

Summer camps accepting applications in the Bristol, Plymouth, and Norfolk counties are:

Lloyd Centers for the Environment: For information and updates, please contact Ashley Gesner, Lloyd Center Education/Outreach Specialist at or at 774-628-9241.

summer 2023 application
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Kennedy Summer Day Program: For information and updates, please contact or call 508-961-3015.

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Camp Massasoit: For information and updates, please contact Noella Amaral, YMCA Southcoast Camp Registrar at or Stephanie Winterson, YMCA Southcoast Camp Director at To speak to someone call: 508-758-4203.

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