The Champions Advantage

What will my child get out of the Champions experience?

At Camp Champions, we have five goals for each of our campers.

  1. To become more independent and resilient.
  2. To make friends and develop stronger social skills.
  3. To acquire new athletic, artistic and outdoor living skills.
  4. To learn from positive adult role models.
  5. To have fun!

These goals might sound familiar to you, and may reflect your own goals for your children. They are also the primary reasons why parents send their children to Champions.

We vary our programs at camp so that each child can master the familiar and explore the unfamiliar. Young campers sample all activities at camp, while the older camper is able to customize his schedule. We recognize that each of our campers is a unique individual with different learning styles. We work closely with our campers to make sure that every child continues to make progress in all of our program areas.

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A true sense of self esteem comes from real accomplishments, not just praise. We position campers for success, helping them discover areas in which they can shine.

While new skills may be obvious, newfound independence is more subtle.

You can expect that your child will be more confident in setting and achieving important goals, taking initiative with responsibilities, and solving problems. You will see these changes once your children return home. The positive effects of camp on youth development can be amazing.

Living in a cabin will advance social skills. Cabin life fosters a strong sense of mutual support, sharing, responsibility and strong friendships.

Learning to get along with others—by necessity, rather than choice—helps children develop greater empathy. Living with children whom they might not choose as friends helps children develop tolerance for differences and better coping skills. One parent told us “it’s like college, only a little bit early.”

Within our Camp setting, your children will be nurtured and mentored by their counselors. Children often behave differently when their parents aren’t around. They explore and take risks in different ways. They reach out for friendship and security — and find it — in ways they never attempted before. Although they are authority figures, counselors also function as campers’ peers. They are closer to campers’ ages than parents, and can be especially playful, or even goofy. There is a reason that cabin counselors are typically college aged students—they have the energy and sense of fun that few older adults can muster.

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Finally, a few words about “having fun.” Camp is fun, pure and simple. It’s like an extended sleepover at your best friend’s house, chaperoned by his or her really cool older brother or sister. You play all day, try new and exciting things, watch yourself improve in almost everything, and spend time with your friends. What could be better?

On the other hand, you may have noticed that we did not put “fun” first on our list. While it is an essential ingredient in the Camp experience, it does not define the Camp experience. There are moments of Camp life—some of the most important developmental moments that a child may have—that are simply not that fun. Learning to understand people’s differences isn’t always fun. Coming to terms with your fears, and overcoming them, isn’t always fun. Understanding that you are part of a community, and that sometimes you can’t have what you want exactly when you want it, isn’t always fun either.

Each of these experiences, while not fun, represents an incredibly important road to growth and development. Disneyworld is certainly “fun”, but our children don’t really grow as human beings in the Magic Kingdom. We wouldn’t expect them, upon return, to be more capable, responsible and loving people. But we can expect this after they return from camp.

Our goal is for your child to have the most impactful, incredible summer experience of his or her life, plain and simple. With the help of their counselors, our children face the challenges that Camp life brings, and learn important lessons about themselves. It will be a fun summer—have no doubt! But more than that, it will be a summer that really makes a difference in the lives of our campers, and that is what Camp is all about.