Summer camps are back in high demand

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For millions of children who missed summer camp during the pandemic, this year offers an opportunity to make up for lost time. The programs are already in high demand.

Camps across the country are warning parents: If you haven’t decided on a program yet, you need to do it soon.

“Demand is outstripping capacity, actually,” said Tom Rosenberg, president and CEO of the American Camp Association.

Camps provide a break from screen time. While most children are back in school and less isolated than the previous two years, experts say many are still behind in their social development.

“It’s a jam-packed social and emotional learning experience,” Rosenberg said. “Today in the pandemic, all of us, and especially our children, are emotionally reactive instead of emotionally resilient. Because of all the isolation they’ve been through and the disruptions they’ve been through, children need a deeply human experience like the camp.

College-age seasonal workers can learn to lead and work with their peers.

Go to find.acacamps.org for a guide to questions, staff hiring practices, and financial aid information.

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