While watching the latest episode of The Office, a commercial came up for camp. Not a specific camp, just camp.
As someone who has been heavily entrenched in camp for a long time, I can tell you that just about all that you see on this commercial is true. Kids look forward to camp. It is their escape from the city life that they are so used to. Kids learn self-esteem; they learn what they are good at; they make friends for life. Some of my absolute closest friends I met in camp, including one who lives down my block (no New York jokes, please). As one of the actors said on the commercial, it was an incentive for him to do well in school, just so he could go back.
All I'm saying is that when it comes time for you to decide whether or not to send your own children to camp, here are a few very strong reasons to send them. And when you do send them, please take as much time in choosing a camp as you would for a school. Maybe more. Because to some extent, a camp molds a child even more than a school might. Remember, when sending a child away for a month, he or she doesn't have mommy and daddy to come home to at night so it is mostly self-discovery.