Summer adventure camps can be socially rewarding experiences, as well as educational and exciting. By setting goals and working together with teams, campers learn how to trust each other and work together to accomplish common objectives.
According to the Experiential Learning Center at the University of Colorado Denver, experiential learning is “a process through which students [people] develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting.” The Experiential Learning Center website continues to explain that, “Learning that is considered ‘experiential’ contains all of the following elements:
- Reflection, critical analysis, and synthesis.
- Opportunities for students to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results.
- Opportunities for students to engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, or physically.
- A designed learning experience that includes the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes, and successes.”
Summer adventure camps provide an atmosphere ripe with opportunities for children to engage in experiential learning. This type of learning allows kids to take the information and lessons they have learned and apply them in real world situations.
At Deer Creek camp, cabins rotate together through a series of high and low ropes, adventure based, and team-building activities that we feel are age appropriate for campers in that cabin. We teach them realistic goal setting and give them something to look forward to next summer through our program.
By learning and sharing adventure camp experiences, campers gain knowledge on how to encourage one another in a healthy and safe environment. Led by a committed team of counselors from colleges and universities, the camp staff ratio is 1 staff member for every 4 campers, thereby facilitating strong relationships that last well beyond summer. To learn more about Deer Creek, and how a child (or adult) you know could experience a summer adventure that provides life-long lessons, visit www.deercreekcamp.com or call: (830) 589-7123.