Czesc its Tamuna again and today I would like to share with you my amazing experience of working as a teacher in Summer camp. Camp was organized by Gimma Osrodek Kultury in Wola for kids aged 7-12. I conducted lessons of English and Dance for kids and I have to say that I had amazing time with amazing, talented, warm and smart kids.
Summer camps hold significant place in my heart as my first real job is connected to it. Moreover, summer camp made me realize that I want to dedicate my life fully to teaching. Camp not only helps the participants to grow but we teachers learn a lot about ourselves too.
camp develops lifelong skills
During summer camp, children participate in a variety of group activities. For example, while participating in a sport like a volleyball or bowling, a child learns how to work on a team, communicate with other children and solve problems on their own.
At camp, a child experiences time away from a parent. This independent time is important in helping children develop a sense of identity. Kids learn to become more self-reliant as they explore their interests and discover their strengths and weaknesses. They learn to trust their inner voice instead of depending on a parent or teacher to tell them what to do. Independence is vital to becoming a self-sufficient adult.
Time for fun
During the school year, children are used to the routine of making it to school on time, doing homework and then going to bed. Some may engage in extracurricular activities. Although still structured, summer camp is more relaxed than the school routine and provides time and freedom for spontaneous play.
No matter what child’s interests are, whether it be sports or arts and crafts, a camp program will engage them in activities that require teamwork. Knowing how to work in a team is a useful skill for life.
In my opinion the benefits of summer day camp or overnight camp are endless and can last a lifetime. They not only gain independence and a stronger sense of identity, but they also develop new skills, make new friends and create memories they will cherish forever.