A group of teen girls lie on their stomachs in a field

Essential Qualities to Look for in a Summer Camp for Teens

If you have a teenager, even the mention of summer camp can cue the largest of eye rolls. While some teens may associate camp as an experience solely for younger kids, summer camp can actually offer some real benefits to teens — fun being the biggest one!

If you’re looking to send your teen to summer camp, there are some qualities to look for to ensure your child has a great time, while even scoring you some serious cool cred. Here’s what any teen-friendly camp should have on offer:

The chance to choose

Muskoka Woods offers “Senior High Soars” for campers ages 14 to 16. This ultimate camp experience allows campers to choose their own adventures whether they want to hone their athletic skills, hang at the beach with their friends or tackle their skills at fashion design or digital photography. There are also camp games and a competition to win the Kamati Cup!

The opportunity to lead

Learning leadership skills is important for teens as they embark on their teenage years. These skills can also carry them through into adulthood as it teaches them about perseverance, negotiation and decision-making. It can also give teens a serious boost in self-esteem and confidence. Look for a camp that has programs and/or workshops that incorporates leadership skills in the camp curriculum. Muskoka Woods has developed a program specifically to help teens develop personal skills and leadership abilities teens need to become the CEO of their own lives. The CEO program, which stands for Challenge, Experience and Opportunity, is four weeks and includes a canoe trip, a high school credit and practical work experience. 

The thrill of taking safe risks

A lot of teenagers are thrill-seekers. They want to push boundaries and test their skills to their highest abilities. Look for a camp that offers enticing activities like heart-pumping rock climbing, zip-lining or wakeboarding. The adventure-seeking teen will love you for it.

The opportunity to rise to the occasion

When teens go to camp, parents have no choice but to ground their helicopters and let teens experience their own accountability, responsibility and independence. Look for a camp whose motto is to grow your teen’s independence in lieu of babysitting them. This will help nurture their transition from teens to young adults.

Recent Posts

Maintaining Summer Camp Friendships Throughout the Year

Maintaining Summer Camp Friendships Throughout the Year

One of the best parts about summer camp is the friendships that are made during the week away. It’s not uncommon to see anxious first-time campers arriving at camp not knowing anyone, only to leave with a group of new friends with similar interests and values. Making...

read more
Say ‘No’ to Homesickness at Muskoka Woods Summer Camp

Say ‘No’ to Homesickness at Muskoka Woods Summer Camp

Being away from home for the first time can be a scary milestone for some kids. Being in a new place, surrounded by new people and participating in activities that they may have never tried before can be daunting. At Muskoka Woods, we acknowledge that some of our...

read more
Want to Write a Letter to Your Overnight Camper? Do it!

Want to Write a Letter to Your Overnight Camper? Do it!

For many parents, the thought of being completely disconnected from their kids at summer camp sends pangs of anxiety that can be all-consuming. A simple prescription to aid in your distress is to write a letter to your young camper. That’s right — putting pen to paper...

read more

Follow us:

>
Share This