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Summer camp: a Crash Course in Life Skill Development
posted March 13th, 2017 by Jacquelyn Zeman
Camp is not just about singing cheesy songs around a campfire, managing to pass the swim test, or escaping parental supervision for a week. I know firsthand that the experience serves as a crash course in social and interpersonal skill development for young people. I was a camp kid.
In West Michigan we have many summer camps, each with a program that makes them unique. Grand Rapids Community Foundation awarded $119,000 in grants to provide scholarships to 16 of these camps for the summer of 2017. The grants cover program fees and transportation to and from camp for around 500 students each year.
We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience summer camp, regardless of their financial situation.
Former campers, like me, tend to remember their experiences for years after attending. My specific summer camp experiences, between late elementary...