The Importance of Camp

21st Century Skills for Today’s Kids for Tomorrows Work Force

“Today’s children need to develop skills that will last for a lifetime. They need to be able to solve problems. Today’s children must be creative thinkers who work well with others. These competencies, known as 21st century skills, are now required of future employees by all Fortune 500 Companies (Apple, IBM, GE, etc.).”

– Susie Boss, Reinventing Project-Based Learning

21st Century Skills (4Cs)

  • Collaboration

    Collaboration: Being able to work effectively within a diverse group and show the ability to compromise to achieve common goals.

    How Does Collaboration Relate to Camp?

    Children are placed in camp groups with children they may or may not be familiar with. They learn to work effectively and respectfully with each other. They learn to make compromises to accomplish goals. Each group member learns to value other camper’s contributions.

  • Creativity

    Being able to generate or improve on original ideas and work creatively with others.

    How Does Creativity Relate to Camp?

    An IBM study revealed: “Creativity is most important for succeeding in todays increasingly complex society.” Our campers learn to think creatively. They learn to demonstrate originality and inventiveness. They see failure as an opportunity to learn. Children learn from and understand the cyclical process of small successes and failures. They learn to implement their creative ideas and make useful contributions.

  • Communication

    Communicating effectively across multiple media for numerous purposes.

    How Does Communication Relate to Camp?

    Our campers learn to communicate effectively with their peers and counselors. They develop their active listening skills to better understand the meanings and intentions of what’s being said (oral, written, and non-verbal).

  • Critical Thinking

    Analyzing, evaluating and understanding complex systems and applying strategies to solve problems

    How Does Critical Thinking Relate to Camp?

    Our campers learn to use reasoning to help choose the appropriate responses for all sorts of situations that arise at camp. They learn to make sound judgments based on the needs of themselves and/or their group. They learn to solve familiar and non-familiar problems.


Since the beginning of time Camps have enriched children with these 21st century skills. In today’s society, children interact with technology. Interpersonal skills have become much more important. With “technology” taking up the majority of our children’s free time, camp is one of the only places where children can be “technology free” and develop the social skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century. At the top of every Fortune 500 Company’s wish list are employee candidates that can effectively communicate and collaborate within a diverse group. The only way to develop these skills is through practice. These skills are abundant in the day-to-day life of a camper.

“Camp is about connection, community, and communication. We address challenges creatively.”