There are more benefits of camp than you might have first thought. Aside from giving them an amazing time in the school holidays, activity camps can develop essential life skills for kids.
Children are grouped with their peers at Barracudas and really benefit from a strong team spirit whilst at camp. Whether they’re joining for a day or two over the summer, in for a full week or even spending the whole summer with us, they’re part of their team from the moment they come to camp. Barracudas encourage this sense of belonging and kids thrive in their groups. From bonding with one another during base room activities or moving to and from activities chanting their group name, kids develop key team skills whilst at Barracudas Activity Day Camps.
Whilst Barracudas camps are highly professional and have strict procedures in place, we do offer more freedom than traditional childcare settings. With freedom comes responsibility and kids get the chance to make decisions and develop independence at our holiday clubs. From choosing the activities they take part in to applying their own suncream, selecting their snacks from their lunch boxes at breaktime though to filling up their water bottles, children really get to take control of their day in a safe setting.
Activity camps are not fixed and familiar like other settings kids experience such as school and sports clubs. As children book in for any combination of days and weeks during the summer, each day there are different children joining each group. Kids get the chance to meet new friends but also learn to adapt to the changing group dynamics.
Kids learn to interact with their peers and camp staff during their time at a holiday club. Taking part in the varied activities available at Barracudas gives them the chance to develop a number of key social skills. The less formal environment involving different activities and changing group structures means kids learn leadership and diplomacy skills and crucially, a real sense of self.
There are plenty of new experiences available at an activity camp. From specialist sessions such as archery and fencing to meeting new children and making new friends, we really love to see kids’ confidence grow at camp. It’s great when we welcome a shy child to camp in the morning and after a fun and full day they leave us full of self-belief and a healthy amount of pride in what they’ve achieved at the end of the day, looking forward to coming back!
This is just the tip of the iceberg and there are many more ways children benefit from camp: