A recent article in the New York Times highlights a groundbreaking study that underscores the significant influence of summer camps on the mental health of young individuals. The research reveals that engaging in immersive outdoor activities and disconnecting from digital devises during camp experiences can have a profound positive impact on adolescent wellbeing.
The study, conducted over several years and involving a diverse group of participants, emphasizes the main role of summer camps in fostering social connections, personal growth, and emotional resilience.
“As the pandemic recedes, many camps are adding mental support. Some have care teams that meet regularly to discuss interpersonal dynamics among bunkmates. Many set aside time and space for therapy via video during the day. And many camps have created new staff positions focused full time on mental health.”