Why Attend Summer Camp?

LIVE IN THE PRESENT! Researchers agree that good, old-fashioned playtime is essential for the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of children. "Traditional summer camp," says Tufts University child development expert Dr. David Elkind, "is an oasis for children who are so focused on preparing for the future and have no time for enjoying the moment."

EXPLORE THE ARTS! Connecting young people to the arts at camp provides Expression, Persistence, Identity, Observation, Reflection, Innovation and more... Visit our Arts section here to learn more about our philosophy of the arts. 

GET OUTSIDE! See links below about why people feel exposure to nature has become so crucial.

TRY SOMETHING NEW! 74 percent of campers reported that they tried new activities at camp that they were afraid to do at first. And, those activities often leave lasting impressions. In the same survey, 63 percent of parents reported that their child continued new activities from camp after returning home. Check out our programs.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS GALORE  Read more here to learn about 7 skills - Working with Others, Responsibility and Ownership, etc. -  your child gains at a good camp. (Written by a former HVC camper.) 

READ MORE about why time at HVC is so meaningful here.

I can't tell you how gratifying it is as a parent to be able to place your child in an environment so carefully orchestrated to provide freedom, camaraderie, acceptance, opportunity to create and perform without fear - a place a child can be completely themselves within an atmosphere that balances warmth and support with challenge and responsibility - and pure fun. - HVC Parent

Research Shows

The success children experience in getting along with other children is the single best indicator of how they will fare as adults, according to recent research. We believe that summer camp - one that stresses the building of community and meaningful friendships - provides wonderful opportunities to help children develop their relationship-building skills. 

What We're Reading

Independent time at camp allows children to "try themselves out" and grow as a result, developing resiliency and acquiring tools to use as they mature and take on greater responsibility.

...Challenges present the opportunity for 'successful failures,' that is, failures your child can live with and grow from. To rush in too quickly, to shield [young people]...is to deprive them of the tools they will need to handle the inevitable, difficult, challenging and sometimes devastating demands of life.

Raising Successful Children • By Madeline Levine
Read more here.

Camp staff and parents complement one another...

Then there are those things that, as a parent, you cannot do for your children, as much as you might wish to. You cannot give them self-esteem and confidence (those come from their own accomplishments); you cannot pick friends for them, and finally you cannot give them independence. The only way children can grow into independence is to have their parents open the door and let them walk out. That's what makes camp such a life-changing experience for children.

Why Camp is Great for Children • by Michael Thompson
Read more here.

And we take a break from our plugged-in life to enjoy all this in Maine's beautiful outdoors...

...a study found that people learned significantly better after a walk in nature than after a walk in a dense urban environment, suggesting that processing a barrage of information leaves people fatigued.

Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime • By Matt Richtel
Read more here.

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