The Benefits of Summer Camps for Teens

Children


If teenagers had it their way, many of them would probably choose a summer break that consists of hanging out with friends, watching television or playing video games, an occasional vacation, and, most importantly, avoiding schoolwork. You can't blame your teen for wanting to relax and enjoy their summer freedom, but that doesn't mean you can't also encourage them to try something that promotes personal improvement and social opportunities.

According to the American Camp Association (ACA), more than 11 million children and adults attended camps in 2010, and this number is a testament to the many benefits that come from participating—at any age.

Exercise

As technology continues to play a major role in the upbringing of today's youth, summer camps remain an ideal opportunity for kids to leave the phones and computers behind and get active. Many camps consist of a variety of activities throughout the day that promote exercise.

If your child is an athlete, try finding a sports camp that gives them a chance to stay busy and prepare for the upcoming season. If your teen has yet to identify a preferred sport, consider a camp that gives attendees a chance to try something new.

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Hunter Hewitt

Hunter Hewitt is the fitness editor for Active.com. As a former collegiate athlete, Hunter has always been passionate about living an active, healthy lifestyle. He enjoys weightlifting, basketball, ultimate frisbee and many other outdoor sports and activities. Follow Hunter on Twitter @HunterHewitt
Hunter Hewitt is the fitness editor for Active.com. As a former collegiate athlete, Hunter has always been passionate about living an active, healthy lifestyle. He enjoys weightlifting, basketball, ultimate frisbee and many other outdoor sports and activities. Follow Hunter on Twitter @HunterHewitt

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