“If I could be at camp everyday, that would be my definition of heaven” – Anon
Summer camps are a major American event that creeps up in TV, Films and Music Videos that is generally lost on a U.K. audience. The UK lacks the American summer camp and while the idea is present in other countries, i.e. Spain, it’s not been fully developed over here, but I don’t know why!
The whole idea of Summer Camp is great. Going away during the summer holidays to make new friends, have new experiences and learn new skills, all helps to create well rounded and enthusiastic young adults. The fact that there are specialised camps for certain interests, means kids and teens a like are learning skills that they are actually interested in learning and help them along their journey of personal growth and development. Want to become a computer scientist? What better way than going to computing camp and spending all summer learning everything there is to know about computing.
It’s also a win for the parents too. With the kids at camp, they don’t need to worry about childcare or keeping their kids entertained while they try to balance full time/ part time jobs. They are also reassured by the fact that what happens at camp has a positive effect on their children rather than staying indoors all day playing video games.
So why is the same not existent / lacking in the UK? Well I’m guessing it’s because we lack the resources to actually host such camps. As a small island compared to the giant land mass that is the USA, we don’t have the same location opportunities that our American cousins do. Moreover, with the leaps in technology nowadays, kids are probably less inclined to spend time away from their devices and out socialising with others in a remote location. The fact that the summer camp is a strong rooted American tradition, means it can live on despite the pulls of modern day distractions.
To summarise, I feel summer camps are a great way to learn more about your interests and learn more about yourself. They develop young adults and help them to find and explore their interests. Unfortunately, I don’t foresee an equivalent infrastructure ever being present in the UK.