A recent study conducted through the Kenan-Flaglar School of Business at UNC Chapel Hill shows the benefit of Camplify programs for local families. Of parents surveyed, 100% said that their child is more responsible. Over 90% say that their children have learned to be more confident, collaborative, and adaptable.
If you have been to summer camp experience, you probably understand how experiential learning allows kids to explore, communicate, and develop life-skills in a fun, safe, supportive atmosphere. If you haven't experienced this, allow us to draw some parallels.
Teamwork and Communication
A child may see the process of learning to paddle a canoe with a partner as fun. Here's what we see: The child is learning to work with another person on many levels. They learn to communicate, not only verbally, but also by watching and reacting to what their partner is doing. They learn that both people in the boat are somewhat "in control" and if you want to get where you want to go, you can't do it alone or by overpowering the other person...they are learning teamwork.
Patience, Perseverance and Goal Setting
A child may see shooting a bow and arrow as a great passtime with immediate feedback and gratification. They may see it as a way to compete with themselves and others in a friendly environment. Here's what we see: The child learns that there are fundamentals to shooting a bow...technique, safety and patience. They also learn the virtues of goal setting and that it takes work (albeit fun) to become better and accomplish those goals. Hitting the bullseye time after time gives the child immediate feedback that keeps them engaged, while practicing skills over and over that become habits for life.
Those parallels may help you better understand our mission: Camplify uses a series of camp-based and experiential learning programs to teach kids-in-need the life skills required to succeed and become the leaders of tomorrow.
Camplify grants students the opportunity to develop skills outside of the classroom -- skills that every 21st century employer looks for, and skills that every person deserves to learn. Through our progressive programs, students from grades 4 - 12 learn about responsibility, respect, ethics, collaboration, goal-setting, and more. Camplify takes a long-term view of children’s futures.