Eskenazi Health pediatrician
With the weather finally starting to signal the beginning of spring and kids all over central Indiana starting to think about summer vacation, it’s time for families to start exploring their options for summer camps.
Parents are always in search of the best opportunities for their children to have fun, stay healthy and pursue their interests over summer. Camps are a wonderful way for children to learn to get along with others, work on problem solving skills, self-reliance, resiliency skills and self-esteem. Summer camps offer a nurturing and growth environment that can be invaluable as children grow into teenagers and young adults.
When many of today’s parents were children, camps were mostly limited to outdoor camping and adventure activities, in addition to sports camps. While those camps are still found everywhere, the days of those being the only type of camps available to kids are long gone.
Today there are summer camps for just about every imaginable interest or hobby. There are academic camps for nearly every subject, and camps for the arts where children may try acting, painting, dance, music, sculpture and writing.
There are camps where the whole family can experience wilderness activities together or where everyone can learn about dance or a variety of sporting activities.
Military summer camps are available so young people can learn about loyalty, build up their confidence and find out about life in the armed forces. There are also religious camps where churches hold vacation Bible school classes and kids experience outdoor activities along with arts and crafts.
There are camps available for Boy and Girl Scouts along with camps for youngsters involved with organizations like 4-H, Kiwanis Kids and Future Farmers of America. Camps are also available to children interested in technology.
Children with special needs also look forward to camps designed especially for them, whether they have autism, developmental disabilities, impaired speech, vision or hearing or a chronic condition like asthma.
We recommend exploring the internet for the best and most appropriate camp options for your child; be sure to sign them up as soon as possible to reserve their place. You can start with the Marion County Commission on Youth, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and Jameson Camp.
If you are in need of a pediatrician for your child or a primary care physician for yourself, please call 317-880-8687 or visit www.eskenazihealth.edu/doctors.