4 ways day camps help your child thrive
What’s the best way for your child to spend school breaks? Day camps certainly nurture your child’s passion and talent for music through hands-on learning. But they also offer broader benefits.
Day camps help expand social skills
Day camps provide an opportunity to interact with peers outside of school or afterschool activity groups. Children get a chance to meet a fresh group of fellow campers, to try out new roles within a group, and to make new friends. Music camps also specifically encourage listening and cooperation, and studies have found that creating music in groups fosters empathy.
Children develop emotional intelligence
The Canadian Summer Camp Research Project, which tracked 1,288 campers, aged three to 18 from 16 overnight and day camps across Canada, found that 69% of participating campers experienced positive growth in the area of emotional intelligence – an astonishing change for such a short timeframe. Practicing teamwork and overcoming obstacles in a safe, friendly environment contribute to increasing a child’s ability to regulate his or her emotional state.
Foster an interest in the arts over school breaks
Specialty camps nurture passion. Participants in music day camps are able to go beyond the borders of half-hour or hour-long lessons and focus deeply on what they love for hours at a time. By learning in a group environment from recognized experts, budding performers are able to spend time listening and playing. They learn to receive and give feedback. And of course, they have a lot of fun.
Camp experience leads to more confident performers
The Royal Conservatory School’s camps furnish campers with opportunities to play and learn in front of campers and instructors in a positive, supportive environment. Children and youth develop their ability to recover, and learn, from their mistakes, and can quickly gain confidence to perform in festivals or during examinations.
Day camps give children an environment in which it’s safe to take risks, and where they are set up for success. The results can truly last a lifetime.
Learn more about the benefits of music education overall.
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March Break or Summer Day Camps are great childcare solutions for school breaks. But your child can come home with so much more.