If you’re angling to raise a kid who looks good on paper, and knows a lot about a particular thing, then maybe a traditional “enrichment” program is the right fit. But if you want to prepare your children for a competitive world–for admissions, scholarships, and job placements–then you’re going to have to prepare them to be extraordinary people.
You wouldn’t necessarily expect your son or daughter to return from science camp as a more compassionate friend, a better teammate, or a stronger leader, but these are reasonable expectations after a summer spent with us. Camps Kenwood and Evergreen is a place where campers practice many of the interpersonal skills–like communication and collaboration–that traditional schooling simply doesn’t have enough time for. The strides our campers make while at Camps Kenwood and Evergreen may surprise parents at first, but they soon learn to anticipate nothing less. That’s because great things happen when we give our kids a break from the memorization of facts and figures, and focus our attention on the kind of people they’re becoming. Most of life’s greatest lessons are learned outside the classroom walls.
It’s also why we spend so much time challenging, modeling, and acknowledging when our campers demonstrate character. We love catching our kids in even small acts of kindness–like when they let a new camper into their circle. Because we know that these little moments are actually a much bigger deal, and when we identify and reflect on them, doing the right thing becomes just that much more contagious for our campers.
THIS is how we teach at Camps Kenwood and Evergreen. Not by simple skill building, but by teaching transferable skills. The kind our children will use to contribute to communities beyond our campus, and rely on to navigate a changing world. Existing enrichment programs simply don’t do this enough.
So we’re redefining summer enrichment…