You may be familiar with a few of the lifelong skills built every year at Vista Camps, but today we’d like to put the spotlight on a specific area of skills that will help children become successful leaders in college, careers and beyond.
One of the most rewarding skills is obtained almost instantly during the first few moments at camp. If your child attended Vista Camps for the first time this summer, you’re probably familiar with the fear of that first big day. However, within moments of entering the Vista Bubble, that fear dissipates and translates into one of our most essential life skills at camp: adaptability.
Our close-knit camp family provides the support your child needs to take that first big leap of faith to try new things away from home. This shift in environment teaches your child how to adapt to future challenges such as going off to college and making meaningful connections in new places.
Another essential leadership skill is actively built in almost every activity around camp: independence. Campers are entrusted to make important decisions and contribute to the greater good of the camp community on a daily basis. They create their own activity schedules, offer their opinions on group decisions and feel the reward of reaching new accomplishments in a number of activities.
Each of these experiences contributes to the growth of each and every camper. Independence is one of our favorite camp skills particularly because it can manifest in countless positive ways. For example, you may notice your child making new efforts to listen to what others have to say before speaking. Or perhaps you notice your child taking more personal responsibility for their decisions or success in school.
Our last leadership skill is one of the most fun for campers to learn: self-expression! While art, dance and drama seem like obvious creative expression builders, many other activities contribute to this skill as well. Campers are encouraged to bring their own individual spirit to activities ranging from riflery to soccer…And they always do!
Self-expression helps campers become better communicators while also giving them a medium to discover their own unique talents and passions. Many campers realize that they want to explore activities completely out of their comfort zones after seeing what they are capable of at camp. This helps campers find their voice and learn new ways to share it with the world.
As you can see, we had a very fun summer filled with endless leadership experiences. We can’t wait to see how our Vista Campers will use these skills to succeed at school and at home this year!