Author: Meera Kulkarni (Guest Blogger & BASCOOL Patron)
While I was on a search for activities in the summer to keep the kids productively engaged, I came across numerous activity camps such as
Arts and Crafts camps: Quilling, Knitting, Painting, Pottery, Mandala making, Origami, Japanese Flower arrangement, Henna Designing, baking, dance and music etc are some of the activities that help brain plasticity, fluid intelligence, IQ, and attention.
Science Summer camps: Robotics, Astronomy, and Chemistry (Fun in the lab), marine science, inventor’s camps, forensic science camps etc. Science camps educate from outside the rigid structure of a classroom, and encourage trial, failure, and creative experimentation to foster the not-so-distant future leaders in science and technology.
Agriculture and Horticulture based camps: Gardening, Farm experience day camp, Environmental Science Summer camps, that focus on greenhouse techniques, plant identification & production, floral design etc. are great ways of developing healthy relationships with food should begin with learning about where and how food is grown on farms.
Sports Camps: Sports coaching camps such as Badminton, Cricket, Lawn tennis, Soccer/Football, and Gymnastics. Sports camps inculcate the importance of a healthy lifestyle, helps develop responsibility and work ethic, improved cognition, decreased tendencies of anxiety and depression etc.
Martial Arts Camps: For the ones that have the fight club gene in them (just kidding), there are some great martial arts camps for Karate, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Krav Maga, and Boxing. Martial arts teaches kids the value of treating their body well, healthy growth of both self-confidence and self-esteem, channel their anger and temper through exercises and techniques that will accompany them throughout their entire life.
Adventure Summer Camp: Swimming, Scuba Diving, Rock Climbing, Canyoneering, Caving, Outdoor Camping and Hiking/Trekking. Adventure camps offer children a unique chance to break out of their comfort zone and do something new. They also learn the importance of making the optimum use of resources, surviving in not so favorable weather conditions, time management, best practices while in the outdoors etc.
You might ask, what did I choose for my kids? I decided to go ahead and explore Adventure summer camps in detail. What sealed the deal for me is the great mix of physical activities, mental skills building and empowering children to make independent decisions. I came across one such adventure summer camp for kids and teens by Bangalore Adventure School.