Is What We Learn at Camp More Important Than STEM?

For generations, professionals in the camp world have believed that the 21st century skills of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving have been vital to a young person entering the "real world." New research now validates this belief, and comes from an interesting source - Google.

While STEM skills are vital in today's world, a young person has an even greater chance of success if they can also master the soft skills learned at camp. A recent article in the Washington Post highlights a few studies in this area.

The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas.

While we justifiably stress academic success to young people, please do not forget about the impact that a camp program provides. There is no better place on earth than camp to learn, practice, and master the 7 characteristics listed above.

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