Why Sleep-Away Camp?

Sleep-away camp offers children experiences and challenges that enhance their physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills. Campers learn how to work better with others, build meaningful relationships and develop their decision-making skills. These skills help promote independence and self-confidence, which can boost children’s self-esteem and give them a better understanding of the responsibilities and challenges associated with leadership and teamwork.

Campers Build Social Skills

At camp, your child can unplug from electronics and join a community that fosters a safe and fun experience.

Campers learn how to work with others to achieve common goals and solve complex problems. Through various exercises and activities, campers improve their sharing and listening skills, and acquire the building blocks needed to create and maintain deep and meaningful relationships.

Campers Learn Teamwork

When children attend camp, they learn the benefit of something bigger than themselves: THE TEAM!

Teamwork encompasses a variety of skills that are especially important for children to possess later in life, including communication, cooperation and compromise.

Working together as a team can also help children develop a greater appreciation for one another’s unique strengths and talents.

Campers Overcome Adversity

Campers are constantly encouraged to move out of their comfort zone and learn to navigate unfamiliar situations. With the help of dedicated and trained staff, encountering an unfamiliar situation gives your child the opportunity to grow in ways they never would have within their comfort zone. These experiences help build strength of character, courage and determination, as well as promote independence and maturity.

Campers Learn to Grow Up

Your child’s experiences at camp will nudge them to move out of their comfort zone.

With the help of dedicated and trained staff, encountering an unfamiliar situation at camp can give your child the opportunity to grow in ways they never would have within their comfort zone.

When youth learn to push themselves to grow, they develop an understanding of what it takes to be productive, independent adults.

Campers Learn New Experiences

Whether your child attends a sports camp, fine arts camp, computer camp or a program that offers a little bit of everything, summer camp will teach your child new skills. Sleep-away camp sets up children to try new things, put themselves out there and make decisions to handle challenging situations.

Living in a cabin, cooking food, climbing ropes and overcoming obstacles are life accomplishments that build strength of character, courage and determination.

What Members Have Said*

  • Their child had a positive experience: 97% 97%
  • They would recommend their child’s camp to a friend: 95% 95%
  • They would apply for the Anne Shore Sleep-Away Camp Program again: 95% 95%

*Based on summer 2018 survey data.

Want to Learn More?

Check out our 1199SEIU member testimonials for more information about parent and camper experiences.

To learn more about the benefits of sleep-away camp, please visit the American Camp Association.

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