It’s been feeling a lot like summer lately, which means drop off day at Forest Lake Camp is right around the corner!
When we were first looking at overnight camps for her, we weren’t specifically interested in a single-gender camp experience.We chose the camp because she liked it—it has only been over the past several years that she has come to appreciate the benefits of spending a few weeks each summer with just girls.Camp is a time to relax and unwind—an opportunity for kids to step out of their box, be adventurous, and a little goofy.While all sleepaway camps try to offer a nurturing and warm environment where kids can feel free to be themselves, for many, the single-gender atmosphere provides an extra level of comfort.Our boys are able to be themselves, show their camp spirit, and build their friendships without wondering how others might judge them.
It’s very special.” Some parents prefer a mixed-gender camp so that siblings of the opposite sex can attend the same camp.
But many single-gender camps do have brother-sister camps and there are usually family days once or twice a week so that siblings can socialize with one another.
While not on a daily basis, brother-sister camps also usually have joint events—socials, 4 of July celebrations, trips etc.—throughout the summer.
Susie Lupert, Executive Director of the American Camp Association, NY and NJ, says, “When a child attends a single-sex camp, he or she may be more willing to try new things and can feel less self-conscious because the opposite sex isn’t around.
My daughter, like many who chose a single-gender camp, has always attended coed schools during the year.
The all girls’ atmosphere is different from what she is used to and a welcome change in dynamic.