A ScienceDaily article out of Griffith Institute for Educational Research in Australia was recently brought to my attention and, as a Camp Director and former special educator, I just found it fascinating. The summary? Children who swim in the early years (under 5), achieve a wider range of skills than those who don’t. Click here to read more. To me this finding is significant. I think we would all agree that knowing how to swim is a critical life skill, but to have evidence toward the relationship between swimming and improved test scores and school readiness offers an additional perpective… and as a Camp Director, a reinforced sense of responsibility toward our Camp community.
Here at Camp we have many campers who come to us with a wide range of swimming abilities. From non-swimmers, and fearful swimmers, to those who seem to have been born in the water. But regardless of ability, our responsibility to their continued progress is one that is a priority in our Camp program. And the progress that we see in our Campers, when swimming every day, twice a day, is remarkable. But as we’ve all chosen to live in a part of the country where swimming isn’t always easily accessible, opportunities to get in the water need to be planned intentionally. Summer camp is certainly an important step toward supporting your child’s growth in swimming, but I’m wondering what other opportunities have you created for your child in order to maintain and develop these skills?