Camps are where leadership develops. Learning Leadership and teamwork does not develop in a classroom or from reading a book. It needs to be experienced outside with real people and in real situations.
Without parents to depend on to sort all for them, children realise quickly that they have to take lead and make some decision for themselves and at times for others as well, but more importantly learn to accept and take responsibility for the consequences of their decisions.
This experience teaches and promotes thinking ahead, taking in account all aspects, circumstances and other dependent people into consideration. Looking at things from a wide prospective is a very important leadership skill to “feel and experience”. The young people’s confidence will boost and make them act in a responsible confident way in most of situations they go through.
Friendship is an important skill that many children are struggling to achieve nowadays. Fear for the safety of our children, can create a sense of isolation and deprives our youth from experiencing friendships.
Making friends is an extremely important aspect of growing up. It teaches trust, compassion, develops people skills, leadership and confidence. Outside the safety of our homes and the sheltering walls of parents, young people learn to stand firm on their feet; they learn confidence in themselves when their own decisions achieve their purpose.
They learn to deal and accept people with different views, upbringing and cultures.
Camping can bring all those experiences together. Many parents tell about the positive impact camps leaves on their children when coming back home. Some mums also noted that they felt their children gleamed with joy when returned from camping. Another interesting fact is that friendships that started during camp time were more lasting and strong than those began for example in school, college or work later on.
Young people go on camp trips thinking they are going to learn new skills like kayaking and map reading. However, in reality and in addition to all the fun stuff they will be engaging in, they will learn how to work together, how to be tolerant, care for the environment and team building. These life skills will stay with them forever.