In her book, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, Wendy Mogel critiques what she sees as a troubling trend in parenting these days— an excessive tendency to shield children from any kind of discomfort.
“Parents are so busy protecting their children that they don’t give them a chance to learn how to maneuver on their own outside home or school.”
Spending time at summer camp serves as a welcome counter force to this trend. As they choose their own activities, sleep in rustic cabins, live with and make new friends, young people at camp are given a great opportunity to grow. Far beyond what parents might orchestrate at home, camp encourages kids to become more independent, to try new things, and to learn from the experience.
It’s a lot of things (like a really fun time!), but perhaps most fundamentally, camp is a setting for exploring who we really are. Stepping out of our normal routines, we can try new things, endure discomforts and setbacks (try again), and marvel at unexpected accomplishments.
Seen this video? It’s more about how camp is a place for girls to grow.