The value of summer camps for children

Summer camps can provide entertainment and many benefits for children.

CampjoomlaSummer camps across the University of Alabama at Birmingham are gearing up for an educational and entertaining summer. Camps offered through various UAB departments will be hosted all summer, providing children with the opportunity to develop skills they will carry through life.

Candice Dye, M.D., assistant director of the UAB Department of Pediatrics Residency Program, says there could be several benefits to participating in summer camps.

What can children gain from socializing with other children at summer camp?

Meeting other children and engaging with them in play and learning are beneficial to a child’s growth and development.

What health benefits are there by staying active through camps during the summer?

Having a camp that encourages children to be active helps them from becoming “couch potatoes” during summer break. It is very easy to slip into sedentary behavior; but attending camps will keep your children up and moving through activities like hiking, swimming or playing games.

What lifelong skills could children learn by attending summer camp?

Many camps offer what are often referred to as “specialty camps,” such as a tennis camp or an acting camp. This gives a child an outlet to explore their interest, and they also learn valuable tools during such experiences that they can continue to build on.

What are things parents could find value in by sending their children to summer camps?

By allowing their child/children to attend a camp, they are providing an opportunity for them to have fun while socializing with other children. The challenge of trying to keep their children entertained all summer long is taken away and put into the hands of camp directors and counselors.

For more information on how to register your student for a 2019 UAB summer camp, visit