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Why Making Friends is One of the Most Important Things that Happens at Summer Camp

Why Making Friends is One of the Most Important Things that Happens at Summer Camp

An Article From Sunshine Parenting by Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

“Campers look like they’re having a lot of fun playing outdoors and learning new activities, but are they also learning life skills during just two weeks at a residential summer camp?” Dr. Thompson asked himself as he designed a study in 2014 investigating the impact of a two-week residential camp experience on children’s happiness and social skill development. “Participants were 167 children ages 6-15 from six different two-week, residential summer camps in Arizona, California, and Colorado.”

He summarizes the results of this article for Sunshine Parenting and collapsed his findings into the following easy-to-read infographic.

Read the full version of this article here.

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