Here at camp we love to play and to have fun! Who doesn’t?! Creative play at camp helps campers learn social skills, problem solving, communication, and other useful skills necessary in child development. The notion of creative using play as a tool to promote learning is rare in most schools. But here at camp, we believe children learn best in a relaxed and playful atmosphere. Children have the natural ability to let their imaginations run wild as they create games during their free play. Yet, with a decline in recess time at schools and an increase in screen time at home, playtime is more valuable than ever.
Hello! I’m Margaret Dexter and have been the Fine Arts department head at Camp Champions for the past two summers. At the beginning of last summer, the Fine Arts department got together to come up with an updated approach to helping kids grow important skills at summer camp. Every counselor had personal stories to tell about how the arts have positively influenced their lives. After hearing each other’s stories, we collectively made a list of five useful life skills campers can learn in our activities (Drama, Music, Cooking, Dance, Arts and Crafts, Drawing, and Ceramics).