This holiday season, give your children a gift that builds skills for life and creates lasting memories: give the gift of camp!
It’s easy to create an exciting gift box that children can unwrap at the winter holidays, even if you haven’t picked a camp yet. Simply print a big, colorful gift certificate for “One fabulous camp experience this summer” (or specify something like “Two weeks at arts camp”), then box it up with some fun things that your child might use at camp, such as a water bottle, flashlight, backpack, T-shirt, etc. (If you’ve already picked a camp, add gift items that have the camp name/logo on them, such as a sweatshirt, blanket, duffel bag, or other items available from the camp.)
If your young child has never attended camp before, consider adding a book to your gift box - then read it together often to help build excitement for the upcoming camp experience. A few fun books about going to camp are:
Camp K-9, written by Mary Ann Rodman and illustrated by Nancy Hayashi.
Plantzilla Goes to Camp, written by Jerdine Nolen and illustrated by David Catrow for kids 4-8 years of age.
Bug Bites and Campfires: A Story for Kids About Homesickness, written by Frank J. Sileo, PhD and illustrated by Eric Scott Fisher.
I Love Camp, written by Todd Parr, recommended for ages 3-5.
Noah’s Swim-a-Thon, written and illustrated by Ann D. Koffsky for ages 5-6.
Parents, educators and youth development professionals know that children learn valuable life skills at day and overnight camps, where trained staff help kids practice teamwork, independence, leadership, communication, problem-solving, conflict-resolution, creativity and more—skills that help children succeed in school and beyond. At camp, kids can try new activities in a supportive, nurturing environment, or pursue their favorite passions, while making friendships that can last a lifetime.
If you’re searching for a summer camp, find the right camp for your family at the free Bucks Camp Expo on Saturday, January 19, from 12 to 3 pm in the Student Center Building at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA. The Expo is a great place to meet 50 camps, with all kinds of camps for ages 3-17. Speak with representatives from local day camps, overnight camps from near and far, traditional camps, special interest camps (STEM, sports, arts, nature), teen travel and adventure camps, community service programs, and camps for children with special needs. Free admission, free parking, accessible venue, KIDS WELCOME!