Why Camp Is a Multi-Year Experience

As active leaders in the camping industry, we know that Camp Gives Kids a World of Good. We’ve seen the studies and statistics and know that summer camp – regardless of which one you pick – can be a positive and impactful experience for any child. But is one time at summer camp enough?

We believe camp is a multi-year experience. Unlike many other long-running sleepaway camps on the east coast which offer 4 or 7 week options, Camp Friendship offers short 1 and 2-week sessions which can be combined to stay multiple weeks. We know that many first-time parents consider their first summer a ‘trial run’, and we also know how important it is for both campers and parents to feel ready for an overnight camp experience (even though at the end of the week, many first-time campers beg to be allowed to stay longer!).

Here’s 5 reasons we know that camp is best when experienced over multiple years:

1. Strengthen connections. Camp gives kids the chance to connect with others face-to-face. Campers stay friends with each other throughout the year and strengthen those existing connections at camp the following summer. Better yet, they continue to expand their circle of friends each year and, at Camp Friendship, they have the added benefit of being exposed to a global village with people who come from all over the world.

2. Practice emotional intelligence. As they get older, children need to practice the self-management of their emotions. Camp is the ideal setting to practice this as counselors serve as excellent yet subtle role models. Children expect to be told what to do and how to be by their parents… they don’t expect to be shaped by their counselors who can give them friendly advice from the vantage point of a friend who cares.

3. Guaranteed growth and progression. Not only is there the activity progression that follows the notion that ‘practice makes perfect’ in any sport or activity, but multiple years at camp offers social growth and development. It also allows campers to increase their independence from year to year. The first time at an overnight camp makes a big impact in the life of our campers, but each subsequent camp experience adds to and enhances the next.

4. Take a break from technology. We hear it every day – the ever-increasing impact of technology on humanity, and specifically children. Every year, as campers get older and become more dependent on technology, having a time set aside when they can be technology-free is a great way to help them become well-adjusted individuals.

5. Remove outside pressures that increase with age. Camp Friendship is a place to be YOU, allowing campers to join a welcoming community where they don’t need to pretend to be someone they’re not. Every aspect of camp creates a nurturing, inclusive environment where campers are encouraged to be themselves. Everyone is equal, everyone is supported, and everyone matters. The pressures from school, siblings and peers are removed, and, as parents, having these pressures removed for a period of time every year is especially appealing.

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its reputation as the best overnight camp for teens and our campers couldn’t agree more! Since 1966, we have been offering teens aged 13-16 an opportunity to have a summer camp experience focused on responsibility, independence, and making individual choices. Teens participating in our sleepaway Senior Village program create their own daily schedules from our wide variety of activities and participate in exciting events such as talent shows, high ropes, team challenges, and evening sports. At Camp Friendship, we are the best residential overnight camp for teens because we ensure that each one of our campers leaves with a new sense of freedom and responsibility, new skills, new friends, and happy summer memories to last a lifetime!

See for yourself why Camp Friendship is the best overnight camp for teens and why our campers return year after year! Contact us today or visit our website to learn more!

Overnight Camp for Teens in Virginia

Are you searching for an overnight camp for teens in Virginia? Then look no further than Camp Friendship, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Here at Camp Friendship, we give teens aged 13-16 the freedom to be themselves and to interact with their peers while enjoying a new sense of independence and responsibility. We believe that all our teens should leave their experience at Camp Friendship‘s overnight camp for teens in Virginia having learned new skills, explored new interests, and participated fully in a rewarding summer. Teens at Camp Friendship are able to create their own schedules with a wide variety of activities and attend exciting events like a talent show, evening sports, optional high ropes, and more! Give your son or daughter their most fulfilling summer yet at Camp Friendship’s overnight camp for teens. We look forward to hearing from you!

For more information, please contact us today!
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