21st Century Skills and Our Campers

Let’s face it- kids are different than they were ten, twenty or thirty years ago! This generation is being raised in an age where screens are everywhere, standardized tests guide our education system, and free play is no longer a priority in the modern home. Organized sports and video games are a great solution to entertaining and guaranteeing that our children get exercise during the school year but while you work during the summer, how can you be sure that your child is exercising body and mind properly?

Greenwood Trails is THE answer!

Schools have a responsibility to teach book learning. Greenwood Trails takes on the responsibility of teaching your child the skills needed to survive in life because we know how important these skills are!

What are 21st century skills?
21st century skills are considered “essential for success in today’s world and include the 4Cs of critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation (www.p21.org).”

How do we teach these skills?

  • Children unplug from modern day technology at Greenwood Trails and have many opportunities to work as a team to reach common goals through regular games, evening activities and Sunday Funday activities
  • Children say goodbye to their parents, overcome homesickness, and learn how to depend on their own set of skills to make friends
  • Children have responsibilities within their cabin and learn how to live with people with different personalities, values and cultures
  • Children have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of activities.  They will try new activities, listen to staff members, and learn how to push themselves past their comfort zones
  • Children have opportunities for supervised unstructured free time- a time to write letters, socialize with their peers, or create new games to play.

After camp is over, we receive great feedback from our parents, exclaiming that their child learned a new skill- sometimes it’s making a bed, sometimes it’s playing a guitar, but a lot of times, it’s that they have become more independent.  What feedback will you give when you pick your child up from Greenwood Trails?