“Teamwork makes the dream work” is our Camp Supervisor Kristina Bock’s favourite saying. It’s true! Learning how to work with different personalities, strengths and gifts is a skill that is built during childhood. At Today’s Family, we provide opportunities for team building in every one of our programs. This includes our Summer Camp.
How does Camp build teamwork skills?
When a child learns how to work with others, they learn that it can lead to bigger accomplishments than one person could achieve on their own. These accomplishments boost confidence in all of the individuals involved. Sometimes, though, teams aren’t successful. These challenges help to build resiliency; when the team doesn’t succeed – we try again, and we’re even more prepared than we were before. Team work teaches the value of each other’s unique strengths, while also nurturing independence through group decision making.
At Today’s Family Summer Camp, we present campers with challenging activities which require team work. Everyone has a shared purpose and works together to accomplish some pretty amazing things. Whether it’s a relay race or an art project, there’s always an end goal. Watching the kids celebrate when they accomplish that goal never gets old!
Our camps provide opportunities for kids to build strong bonds with one another, whether the campers are friends from school or are meeting for the first time. We also work to foster emotional skills by encouraging healthy competition. Losing a game isn’t the end of the world. Besides, it’s much more fun to celebrate with the team that won!
Summer Camp facilitates social skills through open-ended questions that enable campers to communicate effectively. When a Camp staff member asks a question like, “What do you think?” it helps campers challenge themselves to solve problems independently. We always offer the opportunity for campers to share ideas, and encourage positive peer to peer feedback. These practices help kids to feel valued, appreciated, and as though they belong among their peers. It also teaches kids to value and appreciate the contributions of others.
Until next time,