Science of Parenting: Summer Camp

youth campersAMES, Iowa – The 4-H camp, sports camp and music camp brochures are arriving and the kids are begging for a summer adventure. But other than fun, is there any value to camp? During May, family life specialists examine the research and discuss how to help children choose an appropriate camp in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“According to the American Camping Association, more than 8 million kids attend summer camp every year. So obviously camps are an attractive summer activity for many families,” said family life specialist Donna Donald. “We’ll take a look at some research on whether camp experiences can contribute to the healthy development of young people.”

Added family life specialist Lori Hayungs, “We’ll also talk about practical matters, such as whether camp fits a family’s budget and schedule, and how to handle homesick kids.”

Learn more from tips on the blog throughout the month and in a four-minute podcast. Through the Science of Parenting,, ISU Extension and Outreach specialists share and discuss research-based information and resources to help parents rear their children. Parents can join in the conversation and share thoughts and experiences, as well as how they handle parenting responsibilities.