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The pandemic has had a big impact on us all. There’s no doubt that the restrictions have affected us all. In particular children’s confidence levels seem to have taken a knock.
With the isolation of peer groups and lack of opportunities to socialise to the home schooling experience, the measures to keep us safe have had a knock on effect on children.
Thankfully we’re now returning to normality and children’s world’s are opening up again. Kids have returned to the classrooms, which is great for us all, and extra curricular activities are back in the calendar.
This summer is a great chance for you to help boost your child’s confidence at an activity day camp! There are so many ways they’ll benefit from the camp experience and this year, more than ever, they’ll reap the rewards of camp. In this child centric environment, they’ll gain independence and self esteem as well as developing essential social skills. They’ll get the chance to shine and develop risk taking and conflict resolution skills, all in a fun, secure and safe environment.
Summer activity camps are a great chance for kids to step outside of the familiar. In a new environment, with unfamiliar staff and children and activities they’ve not tried before, children do things they thought they couldn’t do. They grow in confidence, learning that they’re capable of doing so many things. This positive experience will stay with them for life!
As parents, it’s our rewarding but heart breaking job to raise children who will be able to leave us! We know that we need to prepare them for an independent life away from us. At an activity camp kids can start on the road to gaining more independence in a safe environment.
Camps allow children to explore on their own, make their own friendships, and to follow their own interests. At Barracudas your child is the master of their own destiny, choosing the activity sessions that appeal to them and making decisions that shape their day. Being at summer camp is a formative experience that allows kids to discover themselves independently.
Always fun but often unfamiliar, the activities available at a summer camp always offer new experiences. Trying a new activity can be challenging but in all the right ways. It’s not every day that children get the chance to pick up a bow and arrow or a fencing foil and it’s unlikely they’ll have had the chance to do a lap of track in a motor sports session. With over 80 activities on offer at Barracudas, they’ll be plenty of new experiences for them this summer. With new activities added at Barracudas this year, they're even more opportunity to grow! Just by having a go at something new, children get a real sense of achievement and more self-belief.
As part of all these new activities, kids gain a bunch of new skills at camp. From exploring ideas, pushing the boundaries and developing abilities in arts and crafts or science sessions to picking up key skills in Yoga or stop motion animation, there’s a whole host of opportunities for personal development at camp. Without the usual pressure to perform or excel as they’d have at school or specific club, they’ll be able to explore and experiment freely.
Barracudas Skills Builders courses are another fantastic way to boost confidence this summer.
Children have recently had limited peer-to-peer socialising opportunities. Thankfully now, they can come together again both at school and outside of school. We know how much they’ve missed their friends and an activity camp is another fantastic chance to develop relationships. In a camp environment, children are very much supported by the staff to learn appropriate social interactions.
This could be the first chance they’ve had to meet a large number of new people at once and meet a whole bunch of new friends. They’ll meet a diverse range of children and get to learn a lot from their new friends. They may also build self esteem, meeting a new friend who shares their own interests or characteristics. At camp they’ll benefit from the emphasis on personal growth, friendship and fun.
Kids will interact with more children than they normally would when they're at summer camp. Children who live in different villages or towns, attend different schools and have a wide range of interests. An activity camp fosters teamwork, cooperation and negotiation. As they gain these experiences, their confidence in the their ability to manage social interactions will increase.
Activity camps offer a great opportunity to develop emotional intelligence. Just by taking part in the activities and interacting with a diverse group of children, they’ll learn about tolerance and respect. We love to see children’s confidence grow as they talk to new people and get to know one another better.
At camp kids will learn they are capable, creative, talented, athletic and more besides. Barracudas camp staff are super encouraging and inspiring.
They help children to identify their key strengths and know that they are recognised and appreciated. Staff support children in understanding and building on their strengths and weakness and positively encourage them to develop and grow at camp.
Whilst they might not recognise it, even children are getting screen fatigue. Whilst some would say they just want to be on their screens, we know how much appreciate being part of the outside world. At camp, there’s a full day of screen-free time. Out of sight and out of mind. And children really benefit from a whole day of activity.
Children socialise very differently online. Whilst it’s been a great way for them to keep connected with their friends in lockdown, now’s the time to come out of the shadows. Away from the screen in face to face environments, they can better see the value in different opinions, communicate better and resolve issues and conflict. All of these in-person experiences are bound to improve their confidence and self esteem!
We’re looking forward to a summer of fun and hope we can see your child at camp this year!