During the summer months, parents always struggle to find a balance between giving their kids a break from the routine of the academic year and making sure that their activities are enriching.
Unfortunately, many summer camp programs are little more than play groups. They may offer some fun activities for the children but come up short when it comes to providing any additional lasting value.
Although conscientious parents want their kids to enjoy themselves, they also realize that the summer represents two and half months – nearly a quarter of a year – that are just as important for learning and personal growth as any other time of year. This is why choosing the right summer program is so important.
One great option for the summer months is a martial arts sports summer program. Although some people might think of this as just doing karate chops and kicks all day, the best martial arts sports summer programs offer much more.
In addition to fun daily martial arts and self-defense lessons, a martial arts summer camp will also provide invaluable life skills and personal development benefits, including:
• Increased confidence
• Overall self-esteem
• Academic reinforcement
• Enhanced fitness and coordination
• Responsible bully prevention
• Conflict avoidance
• How to deal with peer pressure
• Leadership and goal setting
• Increased respect and self-discipline
These are qualities that can stay with a child for a lifetime, but there must be a process for nurturing them. That is why the best martial arts sports summer programs combine enjoyment with enrichment through creative projects, educational field trips, and leadership training.
In other words, instead of thinking about the summer as "play" and the school year as "work," a great summer program with a positive martial arts curriculum will make learning (work) and fun (play) one and the same.
Research has also shown that learning is most effective when it is experiential – or applied to real world experience and context. Instead of simply talking or thinking about how to apply the lessons of the martial arts to life, a great marital arts summer program will translate these lessons to each child's life experience.
Martial arts sports summer camps should also accommodate different youth age groups and be run by a well-trained staff experienced in teaching youth martial arts, bully prevention, and character education skills.
With the proper combination of these powerful benefits, a high quality kids martial arts summer program may be the most valuable investment you can make in your child's development this year.
For more information about Martial Arts Summer Programs, contact us Nexus Martial Arts & Fitness at 14 Kendrick Road Wareham, MA 02571 or visit our website www.UltimateKidsSummerCamp.com or call us now at (508) 295-5427.