At camp, children:
- Make new friends– Camp is the place where kids make new friends. Free from the social hierarchies and expectations that develop at home, every child arrives at camp as their own person, with no family history or expectations as who they are or should be. Camp encourages kids to relax, be themselves and make new friends easily. All the fun at camp draws everyone together— singing, laughing, talking, playing, doing almost everything together. Everyday, camp creates friendships.
- Reconnect with nature– Camp is a wonderful antidote to “nature deficit disorder,” to the narrow experience of modern indoor life. Outdoor experiences, visiting animal trainers and field trips to the zoo enrich kid’s perception of the world and supports healthy child development. Camp gets kids back outside and relating to nature.
- Learn social skills– Coming to camp means joining a close-knit community where everyone must agree to cooperate and respect each other. Especially valuable for only children, when kids meet and engage with other young children, kids share toys, resolve disagreements, and see firsthand the importance of sincere communication. Camp builds teamwork.
- Have free time for unstructured play– Free from the overly-structured, overly-scheduled routines of home and school, life at camp gives children much needed free time to just play. Camp is a slice of carefree living where kids can relax, laugh, and be silly all day long. At camp we play!
- Spend their day being physically active– Many young children spend so much time these days inside and often sitting down, often when parents are too busy to constantly engage them. Camp provides a wonderful opportunity to move. Counselors encourage and lead Running, swimming, jumping, climbing! Camp is action!
- Experience success and become more confident– Camp helps children build self-confidence and self-esteem by removing the kind of academic, athletic and social competition that shapes their lives at school. With its non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life is a real boost for young children. There’s accomplishment every day. Camp teaches kids that they can.
- Gain resiliency– The kind of encouragement and nurturing kids receive at camp makes it a great environment to overcome setbacks, try new (and thereby maybe a little frightening) things, to watch and learn from others’ success and see that improvement comes when you give something another try. Camp helps conquer fears.
- Unplug from technology– When kids take a break from TV and the Internet, they rediscover their creative powers and to engage the real world— real people, real activities, and real emotions. They realize, there’s always plenty to do and more fun around each corner. Camp is real!
- Develop life-long skills– Camps provide the right instruction, equipment and facilities for kids to enhance their sports abilities, their artistic talents, and their adventure skills. The sheer variety of activities offered at camp makes it easy for kids to discover and develop what they like to do. Camp expands every child’s abilities.
- Grow more independent– Camp is the perfect place for kids to practice making decisions for themselves without parents guiding every move. Managing their daily choices in the safe, caring environment of camp, children welcome this as a freedom to blossom in new directions. Camp helps kids develop who they are.
Camp is great for young kids. Prime Time Early Learning Centers in Paramus and Edgewater New Jersey offer specialized day summer and holiday camps for young children to age nine (9), with regular and extended day schedules. Prime Time camp parents rave about their children’s camp experiences, and bring them back to Prime Time year after year. Give Prime Time a call to learn more!