My son had just celebrated his 10th birthday and I knew that this summer would be more than day care, soccer games and trips to the park. I wondered if a Wisconsin Summer Camps was the answer.
My son, currently 15, has attended Swift Nature Camp for four years and we are going to send him back for as long as we can. He loves it. He has ADHD and is very smart, but has trouble at school with attention-seeking ploys.
Swift Nature Camp took their time with the children’s, the staff had a hands-on approach to leadership, social skills development and confidence-building seems to really work
Lonnie and the enthusiastic counselors, provide a loving atmosphere that supports positive growth and development. For my son he developed greater peer understanding and empathy. Greater self-confidence and trust and better leadership skills. His understanding of group dynamics and many other valuable lifelong skills grew at camp.
Obviously, I was very nervous about sending him to a place I had never been before. The outcomes were well worth the risk. After talking to Jeff (the Directors) I decided the Discovery Camp was best . A special program for the 1st Time Camper.
Lonnie was so willing to chat about any and all question I had. Thus calming, my fears then making the decision easy. So off my son went taking the bus to camp, Yet, I picked him up when camp was over so I could see first-hand all what Swift Nature Camp was all about.
His excitement for Swift was limitless. I’m not sure if he took a breath between stories on the whole ride home!
The website of Swift Nature Camp says everything need. To me, I love how the camp is set up. Each cabins houses the same gender and age. They do activities together, including laundry and cabin clean up.
Almost every afternoon the campers can choose a variety of typical camp activities (arts … crafts, archery, swimming, horses and much more). My kid loved going to the Nature Center and learning more about animals.
On top of this, the camp is dedicated to environmental awareness and nature preservation. They have a Nature Center well equipped with microscopes and frogs and tadpoles and lots of hands on activities. There is also a small petting zoo of well-adored animals.
Of course there is plenty of campfire, friendships, laughter, games, food, sports, fun, drama, singing, etc. that makes overnight (residential) camp an experience one remembers for their entire life.
As a parent, I was looking for a general camp nothing ultra specific. Kids at SNC get to be kids and by experiencing all sorts of different activities and a diverse set of campers and counselors, learn more about themselves than at a specialized camp. I was Pleased that it was a Coed Summer Camp, because I believe this only helps the learning.
My boy learns each summer. We have noticed wonderful improvement in his attitude along with manners and abilities. He is more mature, pleasant and competent. You can not put a price on his experiences and the social education he has gained from Swift Nature Camp.
When I would talk to other parents we would often comment that their is no place that tutors kids in social skills. We were wrong! We found exactly what my son needed at exactly the right time in his life.
Should you be thinking about overnight summer camp for your kid, consider Swift. I think it is so successful because it is a non-competitive, confidence-building camp where kids get to be kids. I know it is the best thing we ever did for our son.
Thanks Jeff, Lonnie and all the fabulous counselors, cooks, nurses, etc. We hope our son will join SNC as a counselor when he is older! At least that is his plan.
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Brittany Flokstra is a parent of a Swift Nature Camp camper. She selected Swift Nature Camp because it is a non-competitive, traditional coed Overnight Summer Camp. Boys and Girls ages 6-15 enjoy traditional camping activities. with this Animal Camp