Here’s a more fun way to prepare for college than studying: Go to overnight camp. Summer camp may not help you ace your college calculus class, but experts say being away from home when you’re younger can help you ease into campus life. “While we don’t track students who have participated in an overnight camp […]
Camp is one of the most enjoyable ways for kids to spend the summer. But is it only about enjoyment, or can summer camp be a place where some of life’s great lessons can be learned? A quality summer camp has the ability to teach skills for life, including resilience, critical thinking, social & emotional intelligence, creativity, […]
Risk aversion can give rise to undesirable behavior later in life. The University of Sydney’s Playground Project states that a consequence of risk aversion is that children can lack physical and emotional challenges, giving rise to undesirable behavior such as bullying. Though the long-term consequences of risk avoidance are still not fully understood, it does seem that […]
Over the last five years a growing tidal wave of research makes it clear that there are a certain set of skills that predict for long-term success in life — and those are the skills being taught at summer camp. Academic performance may help students get into a competitive college, but it is grit, tenacity, […]
In 2012 the Open Journal Of Occupational Therapy published the findings of a study entitled ‘Effects of a Summer Camp Experience on Factors of Resilience in At-Risk Youth’, which addressed the impact of a summer camp experience on at-risk middle school youth by exploring self-reported growth in skill development and resilience. Results showed statistically significant […]
The JACF Annual CAMPaign is a movement to reconnect with your inner camp and share your stories to raise awareness of the impact that summer camp has had on you. With your support the John Austin Cheley Foundation will continue to bring this opportunity and this impact to more and more low income and underserved […]
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Student Council President, Eagle Scout and 2013 and 2014 JACF Cheley Camper, Roger D. recently spoke at BBBS event about the challenges he has overcome, the support that he has received from JACF and BBBS, and the growth that his summers at camp have allowed. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO