Impact of Camp
For over 40 years, Guided Discoveries camps have been making a positive difference in the lives of children.
We see thousands of students and campers impacted by the camp experience as they move through our various programs. Whether children are attending a three-day field trip or a three-week summer camp, they are benefitting greatly from the camp experience itself.
Being away from the comforts of home does wonders for a child. They form a greater sense of independence, making them more willing to try new things, which ultimately leads them to foster their own individual character. This all occurs while developing social skills and friendships that last a lifetime (without the influence of technology!).
Camp allows children to have amazingly positive experiences, and it allows them to experience setbacks and develop grit in a supportive atmosphere. There is no judgment at camp, and Guided Discoveries is inclusive of all individuals, resulting in a diverse community of students, campers, and staff. This exciting new place full of encouraging people provides a safe environment for them to grow and develop – they can become the best versions of themselves!
Our camps impact individuals – children, staff, and administrators alike – for both short (three days) and long (decades of employment) periods of time. We see the impact that camp has on the individual, we hear about the impact they then have on their families and communities, and we continue to see the impact that they have on the world.
- 93% of campers say that camp helped them get to know kids who were different from them (ACA)
- 92% of campers say that camp helped them to feel good about themselves (ACA)
- 70% of parents say that their child gained self-confidence at camp (ACA)
- Children who attended outdoor school raised their test scores by 27% (American Institutes for Research)
- Research has document increased standardized test scores, enhanced attitude about school, improved in-school behavior, improved attendance and overall enhanced student achievement when students learn in and about nature (University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point)
- Collaboration outdoors can improve emotional, intellectual and behavioral development. Those learning outdoors develop their creativity, problem-solving, independence, confidence and more (Play England)
This was my daughter’s first year at camp, so I was not really sure what she would get out of the experience. She had a blast and more to the point, she came home a more confident and outgoing child.
My son looked so alive when he got off the boat to come home. He was radiating excitement, happiness, and achievement. It was a wonderful experience for him.
My daughter was scared and unsure going in and everyone right away made her feel like she was truly part of something. You all helped her step out of her comfort zone and prove to herself all she is capable of. She came back with such high confidence and self esteem.