National Camp Day
Kids can have fun in the great outdoors, and connect with nature at camp. Going to camp can be an amazing experience, whether it’s a camp for kids that teaches them more about their favorite sport or a camp where they learn survival skills in the wilderness.
Frederick Gunn and Abigail Gunn organized the first American camping trip, at least the first known. They took a group of boys from their school to a two-week camping trip in Connecticut. The boys hiked through the woods to the campsite, where they stayed together fishing, boating, and trapping. This trip was so successful, that it was continued each year for the next 12 years.
In Wilkes-Barre in Pennsylvania, the North Mountain School of Physical Culture was established by 1876. This school allowed boys from Pennsylvania to spend four months there. The program was designed to give boys the skills necessary to go camping, while also helping them grow in strength, health, and a range of practical skills.
Over the next several decades, camping became a common activity for students interested in outdoor pursuits. The American Camping Association, Camp Fire USA, and Boy Scouts of America were all founded in 1910. The Girls Scouts of America followed in their footsteps. These organizations offered opportunities for young people who wanted to learn outdoor skills or participate in camps.
Summer camps have changed from being outdoor camps to camps that are more focused on specific activities. There are many summer activities that teens and kids can participate in, including horseback riding camp and computer camp.
Camps can be either overnight or away camps. Other times, they might be day camps so that local children come everyday to learn and participate, but they return home every night to rest in their homes.
The American Camp Association, the nation’s only accrediting body for camps, works with organizers and directors to ensure safety and smooth operation. Through camp, the organization aims to enrich the lives and experiences of students and adults.
National Camp Day was established to celebrate the practice and idea of going to camp.
These ideas can be used to celebrate National Camp Day.
Camp is still an option for students who are still in school. You don’t need to miss out if you are a college student or an adult. You can still volunteer at camp or get a job as a lifeguard, counselor, cook, director, or in any other important position. The American Camp Association states that there are a variety of jobs available at accredited camps throughout the country, including summer, year-round, and seasonal positions.
People who have grand-kids or children in their lives may want to use this opportunity to plan for the next summer’s camp. National Camp Day is a great time to plan your summer and register for camps before they fill up. Get excited about the camp activities and pack your suitcases!
National Camp Day is a day to remember those who have had great camp experiences as children.
You might consider local camps where you could donate towards a scholarship to camp. You can also search online for a national state organization or organization that will help you get as many children to camp as possible. American Camp Association, Kids In Camp
Fresh Air, Send a Kid 2, and Fresh Air offer children the chance to attend camp. This can make a significant impact on a child’s or teen‚Äôs life.
Camp can be a life-changing experience for youth and children who are not native to the area. According to New York City’s Fresh Air camp participants, 85% reported feeling more confident after attending a recent camp. These are just a few of the other interesting outcomes from the same camp experience: