Summer Learning Loss

For more than 100 years the Boy Scouts of America has known that it's summer programs teach a number of life lessons. From practical skills like first aid and cooking to more abstract skills like responsibility and leadership. The Boy Scouts have always been a leader in experiential learning. We have always known that boys will be a leg up when they return from camp and head to school in the fall, all while having fun!

Now, educators have come up with a term to describe what happens to the minds of young people during summer break, it's called Summer Learning Loss. Studies have shown that kids not involved in some type of learning during the summer lose on average two months of math and reading skills - and that loss compounds from year to year.

What separates our Day Camp program aside from others is that it is based on the year-round, age-appropriate curriculum of the Cub Scout Program. Kids participate in art, science, sports, writing and other skills that will reinforce what they have learned at school and with Cub Scouts throughout the year.

Here are some of the highlights & values of Day Camp:

·        Each week features a different theme and activities

·        We offer before and after-care so you don’t have to take time off from work to bring your son to camp

·        Each week of day camp focuses on the core values of Cub Scouting - Unlike other day camps instead of just having fun, your son is learning valuable life skills and lessons.

·        Studies show that programs like summer camp can help combat summer learning loss1

·        On average, students who don’t participate in summer programs lose about two months of math and reading skills over the summer when they are not in school.2

·        Most children—particularly children at high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break3

 

1.Cooper, H., Charlton, K., Valentine, J. C., & Muhlenbruck, L. (2000). Making the most of summer school. A meta-analytic and narrative review. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child

Development, 65 (1, Serial No. 260), 1-118., Cooper, H., Nye, B., Charlton, K., Lindsay, J., & Greathouse, S. (1996). The effects of summer vacation on achievement test scores: A narrative and meta-analytic review. Review of Educational Research, 66, 227-268.

2.National Summer Learning Association: Doesn’t Every Child Deserve a Memorable Summer?, http://www.summerlearning.org/resource/collection/CB94AEC5-9C97-496F-B230-1BECDFC2DF8B/EveryChildMemorable.pdf

3.von Hippel, P. T., Powell, B., Downey, D.B., & Rowland, N. (2007). “The effect of school on overweight in childhood: Gains in children’s body mass index during the school year and during summer vacation.” American Journal of Public Health, 97(4), 796-802.

 

 

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