Summertime can be an important time of year for youth development. During summer, children and youth can experience belonging, develop meaningful relationships, and engage in interest-driven learning (NASEM, 2019). For example, Richmond et al. (2019) found that camp, home, work, school, sports, and church contributed to important and useful skills and traits for youth. Specifically, they found that camp was a primary learning setting for developing affinity for nature, how to live with peers, leisure skills, a willingness to try new things, independence, being present, and empathy and compassion whereas school and home were primary learning settings for other outcomes such as appreciation for differences, perseverance, leadership, and emotion regulation. Warner and Sibthorp (2022) shared similar findings where camp was one of several enriching options for youth during summertime and recommended that camp professionals consider how camp programming fits within the broader landscape of summertime activities including vacation, home, arts, and summer school.



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