We all know how special camp is. We also know the wonderful memories it can provide. At the end of the day, week or summer, however, what are the take-aways? Camps give campers a social and communal experience that most children cannot get anywhere else short of boarding school, and these experiences provide confidence, the chance to learn social ques, responsibility and more, but it’s hard to convey this to others. It’s difficult to see the benefits immediately. Parents pick up their kids and think, “Well, it looks like they had fun but was the camp experience beneficial?”

Here is a list of actionable take-aways that you can teach your campers. Yes, at some camps the kids learn to sail or rock-climb, but can they tie their own shoelaces? Learning these simple skills will help build confidence and parents will be thrilled with the lessons their children have learned.

When someone asks, “Where did you learn that?” we want parents and kids to reply with, “At camp”. This helps perpetuate the benefits of camp for our industry as a whole. Hopefully, it will also lead to a conversation about your specific camp. So here are 15 skills that we can teach at camp.

1. How to Tie Shoelaces

2. How to Whistle

3. How to Snap Your Fingers

4. The Importance of Saying “Please” and “Thank You”

5. Getting Rid of the Hiccups

6. Why and How to Recycle

7. How to Tie a Tie

8. How to Pitch a Tent

9. How to Set a Formal Table

10. How to Make Your Own Trail Mix

11. How to Tie Knots

12. How to Write a Thank You Note

13. How to Fold a Shirt in Under 2 Seconds

14. How to Use a Compass

15. How to Identify Poison Oak, Ivy or Sumac