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News Apr 21, 2009 - 6:59 AM

Baseball, apple pie, and camp

By The American Camp Association

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It seems that we cannot turn on the TV or open a newspaper without hearing a discussion on the state of the economy, corruption, and loss. Not only is this constant negative bombardment emotionally exhausting, it gives the impression that everything is just a mere flush away from being sucked down the giant bowl of economic failure, and leaves us wondering "what is left?"

Well, the good news is that not everything has headed south in a hand-basket. Yes, America, a tradition prevails that we can still count on — there is still summer camp.

American summer camps have been weathering economic climate changes for nearly a century and a half, and have remained viable throughout good times and bad because of the strength and value in their mission to change lives for the better. The camp experience is an American tradition because of the value camp adds to the lives of kids.

Camp helps children:

Grow emotionally
Develop values like respect, honesty, caring, and sharing
Develop critical skills, such as leadership, independence, personal responsibility
Participate in physical activities and exercise
Connect to nature
Form authentic relationships
Take healthy risks in a safe and nurturing environment
It is because of these types of positive outcomes that summer camp has retained its value with American parents for nearly one hundred and fifty years. Camp is a legacy worth preserving. Research provides evidence that all children benefit from the camp experience, and that now, more than ever, camp is an essential part of a child's development.

Contact Public Relations at 765.349.3317 or pr@ACAcamps.org to interview an ACA spokesperson for more information about the essential camp experience. For customizable public service announcements or article reprints, visit our Media Center at http://www.ACAcamps.org/media.

About ACA

The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 300 health and safety standards. For more information, visit www.ACAcamps.org.

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