Summer camp gives kids the opportunity to gain independence and confidence as well as learn new life skills. Often kids at Camp Jewell discover that making new friends is easier than they may have thought and the friendships that come out of the experience, both peers and staff, are some of the strongest allies they will have as they take on adolescence. Campers realize that the perceptions of the kids at school are actually not what defines them as a person. If you ask a camper what they like about camp, 95% of them will say something about being allowed to “be themselves”. This is not by happy accident, this is a result of a carefully crafted culture that is accepting of all, diverse in nature, and built on the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Our nationally-known resident camp program provides youth ages 7-16 with an opportunity to feel a part of something bigger than themselves. To many youth, the world of today can seem overwhelmingly complicated to navigate. Camp Jewell reminds them all that success boils down to surrounding yourself with good people who actively show caring toward one another. Campers learn that every challenge is easier when you are confident in who you are as a person, and that this confidence comes from knowing you are truly cared about by more than just your immediate family.
Nothing will do more for a young person’s self esteem than allowing them to discover a “natural talent”. A wide variety of activities and a culture that encourages trying new things makes for many opportunities to discover one’s own gifts. We don’t aim to cultivate superstars, instead we work to help every kid find an activity that makes sense to them, gives them enjoyment, and that gives them a sense of accomplishment.
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