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Even kids who grow up in the UK develop a strong understanding of what goes on in American summer camps.
After all, so many of their favourite films and cartoons take place at camp. And compared to UK summer camps, it looks like a different world.
Though they have many things in common, UK summer camps and American summer camps are quite different beasts.
But which are better?
We think UK summer camps are better.
Now, you might think, “well you would say that,” so let us explain why.
We’ve written before about how summer camps can help your kids grow into more rounded individuals. They can teach them about teamwork and communication, helping them to become more resilient and independent.
These are invaluable lessons for anyone. However, at American summer camps, these traits are developed while spending weeks away from home. And not all kids can handle this. Sometimes the homesickness gets so strong that kids have to come home early.
But most UK summer camps are day camps. Your kids enjoy a whole day of fun, but then they get to come home again at the end of the day.
This can really help shy kids to settle in and make new friends, which means that even the most reserved of kids can still benefit from all the wonderful things that summer camp can bring.
When your kids finally grow up and fly the nest, you’ll miss them.
We often wonder – do American parents who send their kids away to summer camp for weeks at a time ever come to regret the time they spent apart?
But again, UK summer camps can give you the best of both worlds. They give your kids something to do during the day, so they never get bored. But you still get to spend plenty of quality time together, so you can still spend your summers building up the sort of happy memories that will last you a lifetime.
So why do we think UK summer camps are better than American summer camps? It all boils down to the fact that, in the UK, summer camps are usually day camps. Your kids come home at the end of each day.
Some might argue that this is no substitute for the experience American summer camps offer, where kids spend weeks spent immersed in a new environment. But this experience isn’t for everyone.
The unique nature of UK summer camps means that all kids can benefit, no matter how confident they feel. And at the same time, as a parent you can enjoy a stress-free summer without spending a significant spell apart.