Academic Summer Camps: Are They Worth It?

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PRO: They can help build social maturity and independence.

A big draw of camps like CTY is that campers stay in the dorms of some of the country’s most elite universities for a few weeks. Imagine the excitement and freedom of dorm life without the pressure of a college workload. Living in a dorm environment can push your student to be more independent and force her to practice certain social skills. It may be the first time she has to share a room and compromise with a roommate. “For some students, it’s the first time they’ve done their own laundry,” Albert adds. Your camper could return home with improved life skills, not just school skills.