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Risk-taking at summer camps

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In life there are two types of risk-taking: positive and negative. Research has proven that teens are more propense to take risks than adults. Educators and parents alike must encourage teenagers to take positive risks, those that actually promote well-being, satisfaction and advancement. It is a fact that youth who take positive risks are more likely to be responsible, confident, successful and optimistic.

As an educator, I try to challenge students to be bold and take a step ahead. Yet, risk-taking should not be restricted to the classroom. There are several activities that also promote it. Summer camps are indeed a perfect scenario for children and teenagers to take positive risks. At camp, children are engaged in meaningful activities and, therefore, are challenged in a meaningful way. Positive risk-taking can be social, emotional and physical. Summer camps are full of opportunities to develop those kinds of risk-taking. Camp is overall a place of discovery where children feel safe to take risks. Good programs are focused on promoting inclusive behavior, where children are emotionally engaged. A well trained counselor knows that risk-taking varies between campers. For a shy, introvert child going to camp might be a risk in itself. For another child, risk-taking might be taking part in a new activity that seems difficult. A good counselor, therefore, must know what represents a risk for each child and encourage each of them to engage in activities that really take them out of their personal comfort zone.

Camps help a great deal to internalize the value of being bold and venturesome in a positive and healthy manner. They are a great opportunity for young people to satisfy their propensity for testing their limits in a safe and supervised environment.

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