Benefits of Camp

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Our annual magazine for camp families, On Target, has terrific resources for raising happy, healthy, self-reliant kids.

In each edition, we feature articles from parenting experts, best-selling authors passionate about positive youth development, and long-time staff members.


Learn about the Benefits of Camp

Audrey “Sunshine” Monke, Camp Director

Gold Arrow Camp Director Audrey “Sunshine” Monke writes about raising responsible, happy, independent kids and the benefits of camp experiences at her blog Sunshine Parenting. She frequently posts links to parenting resources and articles on her Facebook page.

10 Reasons Great Parents Choose Summer Camp

What’s the Best Age for Camp?

Should I Make My Kid Go to Camp?

Want an Independent, Self Confident, Resilient Kid? Summer Camp Can Help!

Why Making Friends is one of the Most Important Things That Happens at Summer Camp

Too Much Screen Time? 4 Ways Summer Camp Can Help

Why Teens Need Summer Camp More Than Ever

Why Kids Flourish at Camp

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5 Ways Camp Grows Grit

Why Kids Need to Get Uncomfortable

Are you thinking about sending your child to sleep-away camp for the first time?

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Sending your child to camp for the first time can feel really hard as a parent.  Below are some resources to help you understand why camp can be such a beneficial and life-changing experience for your child.

Michael Thompson’s book about camp, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow, is a great resource for parents who are concerned their child may have separation anxiety during their camp stay.

Sunshine interviewed Thompson for her podcast. You can listen to the 20-minute podcast episode here. 

“An insightful and powerful look at the magic of summer camp—and why it is so important for children to be away from home . . . if only for a little while.

“In an age when it’s the rare child who walks to school on his own, the thought of sending your “little ones” off to sleep-away camp can be overwhelming—for you and for them. But a parent’s first instinct—to shelter their offspring above all else—actually deprives children of the major developmental milestones that occur through letting them go—and watching them come back transformed.”
-Michael Thompson

summer-camp-handbookSummer Camp Handbook
“ is the free online version of the award-winning camp prep book featured on the Today Show, Martha Stewart, NPR, and CBS News.




Last Updated 3/23/18