The Camp Laney staff and I want to ensure that your son’s summer camp experience is the best it can be. This is why the majority of our counselors are college students who are hand-picked for their character. These young men serve as role models for the boys, which is why we spend much of the year visiting college campuses, checking references, and conducting personal interviews with each prospective staff member. In addition, well over half of our staff each year are former Laney campers. We have seen them grow up at camp and we know many of their families. These young men want to be a part of our staff so that they can give back what was given them when they were campers at Laney.
We truly feel that camp is a growing and educational experience. By sending your son to camp, you are making a priceless investment in his future.
Rob Hammond, Director Emeritus
My husband and I both agree that sending our boys to Laney has been the BEST investment. We have watched them grow into confident young men. Summers can easily get filled up by other activities, including sports. However, we have always felt it was important to carve out two weeks for camp because they learn life skills just by experiencing the fresh air and being outdoors with other boys. Each year they attend it is like coming home for them. They love it!
Boys need to be challenged in order for growth to happen. Living independently for the first time can be an adjustment. There will be successes and there will be disappointments. Your son will not win every award, he will not be the best at every activity, and he won’t like every boy he meets. But, he will learn from those experiences, and come to realize that successes and disappointments are part of life. The coping skills he develops while at camp will serve him well for the rest of his life.
Here are some outside perspectives on why camp is important for children.