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Teaching 21st Century Skills – Since 1956

When it comes to camp, most of us fall into two categories: those who went to or worked at camp and those who did not. Those who did not often think of camp as a place where kids go to have fun, learn to make smore’s and where parents can send their children to have some peace and quiet during the summer. For decades, those of us that went to camp have lived with an understanding of the benefits and skills we gained there. Many of us attribute a portion our success and happiness in life to our experiences at camp. It turns out that for over 60 years camps, like Crestwood, have been teaching the skills that only now the experts are discovering are critical for success.

What are the skills we are talking about?

The 21st Century skills that we talk about at camp are also known as non-cognitive skills or the 4 C’s – Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication, Collaboration and Teamwork, and Creativity. The world’s largest employers, corporations and leaders were surveyed on the skills they look for most when seeking new members of their teams and overwhelmingly the skills that fell into the “non-cognitive” or 4 C’s topped the list. Recently, many of the world’s largest organizations have joined together to form The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, www.P21.org. It consists of many of the country’s leading educators, researchers and employers such as Apple, Education First, Lego, Ford, PBS, American Camp Association, and many more. This coalition was formed to solve a problem they were facing: more and more young people entering the work force without the skills needed to keep America competitive.

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mission-values-03b.jpgWhy are children deficient in these “non-cognitive” or 21st Century Skills?

Our beliefs along with those of social science experts point to a few primary reasons:

  1. Schools spend more and more time on Applied Skills also known as the 3 R’s. In an effort to give our children an edge in a more competitive world, we spend more and more time on Math, Reading, Science, Writing, History and other like skills.
  2. Technology and the abundance of Screens - Television, video games, computers, ipads, and smartphones have changed the way we live and interact. As incredible as these technologies are they can also be harmful. Children spend more time in front of screens than playing outside, socializing with friends or engaging in real hands-on play and experimentation.
  3. It’s a Different World – If you were born more than 25 years ago, you likely grew up very different from children today. You were able to explore the world around you, have adventures and play in the neighborhood park without a parent keeping watch. You made your own “playdates” and persevered through many challenges without your parents coming to the rescue.

benefits-of-camp-03.jpgWhat role does Camp play in my child’s education?

More than ever, camp plays a vital role in giving children a complete education. In combination with a great school and a loving family, camp will provide the “non-cognitive” social skills that children need to be successful later in life.

Camp is a place where kids learn:

  • Collaboration and Teamwork – to work well with others; to a be a good leader and to be a good follower; to respect other people and their opinions; to play by the rules and practice good sportsmanship
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving – to learn from the world around them and their environment; develop their own ideas and thoughts; gain independence and self-esteem
  • Communication – to express oneself and one’s feelings; to make and develop lifelong friendships
  • Creativity – to be themselves; to try new things; to be carefree; to take risks
 

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benefits-of-camp-01b.jpg

Teaching 21st Century Skills – Since 1956

When it comes to camp, most of us fall into two categories: those who went to or worked at camp and those who did not. Those who did not often think of camp as a place where kids go to have fun, learn to make smore’s and where parents can send their children to have some peace and quiet during the summer. For decades, those of us that went to camp have lived with an understanding of the benefits and skills we gained there. Many of us attribute a portion our success and happiness in life to our experiences at camp. It turns out that for over 60 years camps, like Crestwood, have been teaching the skills that only now the experts are discovering are critical for success.

What are the skills we are talking about?

The 21st Century skills that we talk about at camp are also known as non-cognitive skills or the 4 C’s – Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication, Collaboration and Teamwork, and Creativity. The world’s largest employers, corporations and leaders were surveyed on the skills they look for most when seeking new members of their teams and overwhelmingly the skills that fell into the “non-cognitive” or 4 C’s topped the list. Recently, many of the world’s largest organizations have joined together to form The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, www.P21.org. It consists of many of the country’s leading educators, researchers and employers such as Apple, Education First, Lego, Ford, PBS, American Camp Association, and many more. This coalition was formed to solve a problem they were facing: more and more young people entering the work force without the skills needed to keep America competitive.

For more on this… (click)

mission-values-03b.jpgWhy are children deficient in these “non-cognitive” or 21st Century Skills?

Our beliefs along with those of social science experts point to a few primary reasons:

  1. Schools spend more and more time on Applied Skills also known as the 3 R’s. In an effort to give our children an edge in a more competitive world, we spend more and more time on Math, Reading, Science, Writing, History and other like skills.
  2. Technology and the abundance of Screens - Television, video games, computers, ipads, and smartphones have changed the way we live and interact. As incredible as these technologies are they can also be harmful. Children spend more time in front of screens than playing outside, socializing with friends or engaging in real hands-on play and experimentation.
  3. It’s a Different World – If you were born more than 25 years ago, you likely grew up very different from children today. You were able to explore the world around you, have adventures and play in the neighborhood park without a parent keeping watch. You made your own “playdates” and persevered through many challenges without your parents coming to the rescue.

benefits-of-camp-03.jpgWhat role does Camp play in my child’s education?

More than ever, camp plays a vital role in giving children a complete education. In combination with a great school and a loving family, camp will provide the “non-cognitive” social skills that children need to be successful later in life.

Camp is a place where kids learn:

  • Collaboration and Teamwork – to work well with others; to a be a good leader and to be a good follower; to respect other people and their opinions; to play by the rules and practice good sportsmanship
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving – to learn from the world around them and their environment; develop their own ideas and thoughts; gain independence and self-esteem
  • Communication – to express oneself and one’s feelings; to make and develop lifelong friendships
  • Creativity – to be themselves; to try new things; to be carefree; to take risks
 

Next Page >> Mission & Values