BENEFITS OF CAMP

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Leading experts agree that summer camp is one of the best resources for developing at least 3 out of the 5 key 21st century life skills as identified by major companies like Apple, Intel and Cisco in a collaboration called the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (p21.org).

Where better than in a cabin group dynamic can a young person develop and practice oral communication and collaboration 16 hours a day? Campers learn to navigate their world perhaps tentatively at first, but with self-confidence and self-esteem by summer's end. 

Critical thinking is evident at every turn - whether figuring out the best route to reach the top of a climbing wall, putting instructions into action to get up on water skis, learning the lines of a musical or creating plays on the basketball court.

Character skills such as curiosity, creativity, grit and optimism, along with gratitude and self-control have been named by child development gurus, such as Dr. Michael Thompson and Paul Tough, as leading indicators of success in college and beyond. These are precisely the traits that summer camp has nurtured and promoted for over 100 years.

At CampGroup, we are dedicated to a child's personal growth and hire staff committed to the development of these crucial skills through athletics, arts, and adventure, which result in teamwork, challenge, and responsible risk taking. We firmly believe there is no better gift that you can give a child for his/her future than summer camp.

CampGroup's goal is to focus on the benefits of camp. By relieving some of the burdens of today's business world, CampGroup allows camp directors to do what they love -- to focus on campers and programming. Our individual, independently-run camps are dedicated to preserving and strengthening the traditional values that summer camp promotes. Our unique collegial, collaborative atmosphere features the top talents and strengths in the industry. Through shared best practices and professional development, our camps are able to make each other even better while our culture encourages our camps to maintain their own unique identities.

CampGroup is committed to the emotional and social development of children.

Here are resources that many families have found helpful.


  • Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  • Raisin' Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys - by Michael Thompson
  • Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children - by Michael Thompson
  • How Children Succeed - by Paul Tough
  • Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers - by Linda Perlstein
  • The Blessing of a Skinned Knee - by Wendy Mogel
  • Perfect Madness, Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety - by Judith Warner
  • Odd Girl Out, The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls - by Rachel Simmons
  • Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence - by Rosalind Wiseman
  • Cliques - by Charlene Giannetti and Margaret Sagarese
  • Bullyproof Your Child for Life - Protect Your Child from Teasing - by Joel Haber
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