A Summer of Substance: A Case for Teen Travel and Summer Camp
"The extraordinary benefits and plain old fun of camping and travel cannot be contested. Quite simply, within the arena of these activities, teens shift their focus from high achievement pressure to themselves, each other, and the world around them. If we believe what child development specialists say, then adolescence should be a time of self-discovery and identity development. As the pendulum swings back in the direction of programs that provide teens with an opportunity to take on these challenges, I can’t help but sigh with relief. Summer academic programs are wonderful and provide much needed opportunities to many students. However, what good is it to be the smartest kid in the room without the perspective, passion, interpersonal skills, and self-awareness to drive achievement and shape goals toward something bigger than oneself?'"
Ira Solomon, Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel, Weston, FL