Can Summer Camp Make Your Child Smarter?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Many parents long for a break during the summer, from both the structure of school and from toting kids to and from activities. It is important, though, to make sure that your kids are engaging their minds and bodies instead of just hanging out on electronic devices.

It has been well-documented that students lose between 1-2 months worth of academic knowledge each summer. While that doesn’t seem like too big a deal, the problem is that it becomes cumulative. A 2007 study by researchers at John Hopkins University found the achievement gap at ninth grade mainly traces to differences in summer learning during the elementary school years, and a 2004 study found that all achievement gaps among students tend to be exacerbated by summer breaks.

Scary, huh? The good news is that you don’t have to sign your child up for a math intensive summer (unless they love math, of course!) to keep the ‘summer slide’ away, but instead just engage your children in activities that challenge them and get their brain working. This can happen with any variety of activities, from playing games inside or outdoors, trying new things, taking a dance class, building a robot…this list goes on and on.

Summer camps provide the stimulation, both physical and mental, that children need to stay engaged and learning and prevent any achievement gap when it is time to return to school. You can see the wide variety of camp activities at our Summer Camp Fair being held on Sunday February 26th from 1-5pm. Over 60 camps will be at the event, and most booths bring interactive activities for the kids to try out. It’s a great chance for mom and dad to see what sparks their children’s interests too.

To answer the original question: do summer camps actually make your child smarter? The jury is still out, but we know for sure that keeping your children engaged and their minds active can help prevent the dreaded summer learning loss. Plus, your kids are having fun! Consider a summer camp program for your child and browse our wide selection to find the one that best suits your family's needs. 

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