The Power of Unplugging at Camp
By Meryl Rindsberg, Director of Day Camps, MJCCA
Whether on their tablets or computers, playing video games, or watching Netflix, children today are too often plugged in. At MJCCA Day Camps’ Camp Isidore Alterman (CIA), we have created a perfect environment for our campers to unplug, play in nature, and recharge from the school year. This is so important because health experts say that kids and teens spend an average of more than seven hours a day looking at screens — an alarming number, considering that the American Heart Association recommends a maximum of two hours of screen time a day, and just one hour a day for younger children.
Camp is one of the few places where kids can truly unplug, allowing them to strengthen their independence, as well as their problem-solving and social skills. At CIA, campers spend their summer outdoors, getting back to nature and enjoying all kinds of activities from boating, rock wall climbing, and gardening to archery, outdoor cooking, ropes course, sports, and more. These fun, interactive activities provide a way for children to recharge for the summer, form lasting connections with friends from all around metro Atlanta, and simply have fun being kids.
It’s so important to consider all the programs and benefits of any camp. Are there multiple avenues for your child to form connections and build friendships? Will your child be challenged in a healthy and safe environment? At CIA, we offer CIA Shuk and Kehillah (community) Time. Campers get to shop for treats once a week at our CIA Shuk, improving their decision-making and social skills. Kehillah Time creates the ideal opportunity for campers to gain independence and social skills. Twice a week, campers enjoy a choice period, selecting fun camp activities to engage in with their groupmates, as well as other campers from different groups in their age unit. This gives campers a chance to strengthen their sense of community and enhance their social skills (without even knowing it!).
When planning your child’s summer, I encourage you to identify camps where your children can experience the pure joy of a summer spent outdoors, in nature, trying new things, and making new friends.
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