Why Should Your Child Attend Summer Camp?

Attending summer camp affords children a unique venue for growth, fostering independence and self-confidence, while socializing and making new friends, and even learning or honing new skills.

Like the options for schooling, there are many day and boarding camp programs in the greater Washington, DC region. When beginning the camp selection process, consider your child's interests, and check out the available offerings at the different area independent schools. Many offer a wide variety of athletic, science and art programs. Attending a summer camp at an independent school you are considering for your child for high school can be a helpful component of that school decision-making process. While the summer experience may be different from the School experience in terms of academics and structure, your child will still have the opportunity to interact with staff and faculty, eat lunch in the dining hall, play in the gym, and generally learn to navigate the school’s campus.

Many families find online navigation tools offered by Chesapeake Family or Certifikid helpful in narrowing down choices, and independent schools often have tabs on their websites for camps, or listing under athletics.

Also, when weighing the pros and cons of summer programs this year, consider the benefits of a single-gender camping experience, offering the developmentally appropriate programming to develop confidence, security and self-esteem. At Elizabeth Seton High School, we offer sports, photography, volleyball, music, and science camps, all geared towards girls. For a complete listing, please visit our website at setonhs.org/summer. DeMatha Catholic High School also offers soccer camps held on our campus for boys dematha.org/athletics/summer-programs.

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Article provided by Elizabeth Seton High School

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