Summer camps are a great option for meeting your holiday childcare needs for a number of reasons, including being cost effective and flexible for working parents. But what’s more, your kids stand to gain a whole host of long-term benefits that will stand them in good stead for years to come.
Self-esteem and confidence
Activity camps offer children the opportunity to try out new activities in a fun and relaxed environment. They may just find they have a particular skill or strength they didn’t know about previously, which will boost their confidence.
It will also help make them more confident in dealing with new situations, so they’ll be less likely to fear change in future.
By fostering an environment for healthy competition, our activity camps give children the opportunity to build their resilience. We’re sure you’ll agree that’s a useful trait to help them face the challenges they’ll inevitably come across later in life.
The experiences shared at activity camps often help forge long-lasting friendships for many children.
Plus, your child will get to meet a different set of people to their usual school friends, which will help build their confidence for meeting new people. Being able to mix with different people is a valuable life skill that is often easier to pick up when you’re young.
If your child can be shy, you may be reluctant to send them to an activity camp but we see children of all temperaments have a great time with us. Our staff appreciate that every child is different and they’ll do everything they can to make sure your child feels welcomed and settles in well.
New hobbies and experiences
Kids camps offer children the opportunity to try out a whole host of new activities. At Barracudas, children can take part in activities ranging from swimming and science to arts and crafts.
With such a wide variety of activities on offer they stand a good chance of coming across something they’ll love doing. They may even kindle a lifelong interest in a new hobby.
There’s nothing better than heading outdoors – if the weather allows it! Spending time outdoors also has a range of benefits for mental and physical health. According to some research, the rise in allergies in children may even partly be caused by a lack of contact with nature. For children living in cities, an activity camp can offer a rare opportunity to get back to nature.
Nature can spark children’s naturally inquisitive side and open their eyes to the wonders of the world. They don’t have to go on a David Attenborough style expedition to get excited about the natural world. Even simple encounters with little creatures on a nature trail can feel like an adventure when you’re young.
Children nowadays have a whole host of entertainment options they can enjoy while remaining pretty sedentary. But we know being active can help their long-term mental and physical health. That’s why, activity camps like Barracudas, can help all children develop a lifelong habit of being active.
There’s always a range of active games at our school holiday camps, and you don’t have to be sporty to enjoy them either. It’s all about having fun, so your child can choose to take part in a way they’re comfortable with. The exercise is an added bonus!
Plus, as a parent, you’ll be glad to know it will make your life easier too because they’ll be more likely to get a good night’s sleep at the end of an active day.
Summer of fun
On top of all of this, the main aim of Barracudas is to give children such an amazing experience they can't wait to come back. Barracudas shapes our holiday camps with children in mind. Whether it's the activities on offer, the available facilities or our supportive and enthusiastic staff. Nothing's left to chance.
We love to see them try new activities, make new friends, develop skills and boost confidence with us in the school holidays.
You can find out if there's a Barracudas Activity Day Camp near you here.