Experience the benefits of summer camp at Camp Olympia!
The decision to send a child to summer camp can be a big step for parents, but camp can be a life-changing experience for children with character-building benefits that make an impact far beyond that first summer. Camp promotes independence, resilience, friendship-building, and confidence. The positive change in your child when they return from camp will amaze and excite you!
Since Camp Olympia’s first summer in 1968, a lot has changed and grown, like the property, activities, and number of campers, but one thing that has not changed is how a summer at Camp Olympia impacts kids’ lives for the better. “Camp” is its own world with its own traditions, lingo, silly songs, and even mascots, which quickly feels like home for campers. Camp Olympia has created a purposeful environment that is a “Positive Zone” where kids feel free to be themselves and are encouraged to grow in body, mind, and spirit.
While being away from children during their camp session can be tough for parents, campers grow so much from the experience. Campers get to make their own decisions (with guidance from their counselors, of course), whether it’s what to wear or how to show good sportsmanship. This newfound independence builds self-confidence and resiliency.
At Camp Olympia, wins and successes are celebrated, but failures are seen as opportunities to learn and grow. This kind of attitude encourages campers to try something new or take on something they may not have known they could do themselves, like working toward a “10” on cabin inspection after a lower score or learning to get up on water skis after many attempts.
In addition to building independence, camp is also about connecting and building friendships. With increasing dependence on technology, in-person connections are crucial for building social skills. At Camp Olympia, campers make real connections with each other and with staff and counselors and experience life unplugged! As a result, campers relate to one another on a deeper, more meaningful level. Camp friends are the best friends!
Camp Olympia has always believed in the importance of recognition to build confidence. Awards at camp are given a wide variety of ways, including earning merits for good deeds, achieving certificates in activities, or winning ribbons in Spartan/Athenian competitions, but recognition goes beyond awards. Counselors strive to find what is unique about each camper and celebrate it, so all campers feel welcome and fully comfortable. There is no pressure to “be cool” or follow a pack. Camp Olympia is where you can be you!
This summer’s theme is “Out of Sight!” After 50 years of summer camp experience, this summer promises to be the best one yet! At Camp Olympia, we have fun, try new things, make new friends, encourage one another, be present without electronics, dance like no one’s watching, learn responsibility, cheer loudly, and more. It’s sure to be an experience like no other, and it’s “Out of Sight!” Register today for a 2020 Summer term!