True friendship takes at least two ingredients: the chance to be your true self and at least one other person who can connect with you to something larger than one person. Lifelong, indelible friendships are built at summer camps all over the world because they create communities in which these two ingredients are available with abundance.
The benefits of summer camp for our kids (and our staff!) are almost too many to count. Thankfully, we have Dr. Laurie Browne of the American Camp Association, to help us sift through what we think we know and prove what we do know. After a great conversation with Dr. Laurie, here are my top five benefits of summer camp for kids.