May Contain Affiliate Links
If you’re on the fence about whether to send your kids to a christian based camp, wondering whether it might be a little too intense, that your kids might get homesick, or it might just be a little boring, this article will help reinforce some of the reasons to consider this as an option to build your child’s confidence, develop their faith, grow interpersonally, and feel part of a wider community.
Indeed, one could argue the main benefit of christian summer camps is the essence of community and shared experience they provide; the sense of unity and oneness with like-minded peers. However, there are plenty of other benefits that we’ll look at in this quick rundown of the five reasons to send your children to christian summer camp.
INSTILL GOOD VALUES
It’s important when letting your children out into the world that they are taught good values, but more importantly, at such an impressionable age, is that they are around other people with a strong moral compass and aligned values. The core values of young people tend to be formed in their adolescent years. This is at a time when they are likely to be exposed to a variety of external stimuli and a diverse mix of people.
At this age, some people don’t always know why they believe what they believe, and start to question things – being in a group environment of like minded peers is one of the best ways for young people to explore their faith, within the safety of a faith-based environment.
HELP CHILDREN HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THEIR FAITH
A well organised christian summer camp will allow kids to explore their faith and have some alone time with God. The critical element of this process is that it allows children to “own” their religion, rather than feel like they are being led down a particular path – and subsequently rebel in their teenage years. This immersive learning environment is not just about intellectualising biblical teachings but integrating them with their own personal values and psychology.
Children will have the opportunity to develop interpersonal relationships that stretch beyond familial or church based circles. This social expansion reinforces their faith by broadening the child’s horizons whilst retaining a familiar essence of belonging and unity.
SENSE OF COMMUNITY
Whether it’s sitting around the campfire singing “he’s got the whole world in his hands” with new friends or participating in activities like shelter building, obstacle courses, cooking outdoors and wilderness skills – the sense of community children get from being in such an immersive environment that’s specifically geared to exploring and strengthening their faith is very valuable indeed.
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
Children are impressionable and having someone outside the family network to look up to and relate with, that you know will be a safe, positive and mindful influence is worth it’s weight in gold. Not only will you know your kids are being looked after in a safe environment, but that their impressionable minds, often tainted by the fame and fortune of pop icons, are being nurtured and nourished with like minded trustworthy mentors.