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Why Kids Need Camp

005Do you know that the average middle schooler spends 2121 minutes a week in front of a television? That’s over 35 hours.

Or that the average young person during any given week will:

  • Plays 833 minutes or about 14 hours of video games?
  • Spends another 623 minutes (over 10 hours) on a computer?
  • Or send over 700 texts

That’s a total of more than 59 hours a week inside sitting in front of a screen.

In contrast research tells us that the average young person will spend an average of:

  • 30 minutes a week playing outside
  • 3.5 minutes a week in meaningful conversation with their parents
  • And less than an hour in a church, youth group or youth ministry gathering

This means kids spend just over an hour a week in meaningful interaction with people and places that can positively shape and influence their lives.003

59 hours compared to 1.25 hours.

Think for a moment about the long-term implications of this on our kids, on our future.

Kids need much more than screen time to grow physically, emotionally and spiritually:

  • Kids need to interact with God’s creation by being outside
  • They need to be nurtured within their family – God created the family for just this purpose.
  • Finally kids need to be a part of a faith community such as a local church or other ministry

Yet these vital interactions are being squeezed out by technology. Not by war, famine or economic collapse but by a little screen.

Here’s another reality – all those negative trends about kids can be reversed by a week at a Christian camp (such as SpringHill) where the average camper spends:

  • 60 hours outside per week doing incredibly fun, exciting and growing activities
  • 300 minutes in a meaningful conversation with a staff person (that’s nearly two years’ worth of meaningful conversation with a parent)
  • 10 to 12 hours a week in individual Bible study and small and large group settings learning about God and His plan for their lives.

Now more than ever our Kids Need Camp.

Now that you’re convinced Kids Need Camp, over my next few posts I’ll help you ask the right questions and know the right answers to look for when selecting a summer camp for the kids you love.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Claire Phillips #

    Hey there! Finally a nice win by the Dawgs last night, eh?

    Quick question for you. When is the best time to donate to camp to sponsor kids? I know you are going to say “any time, all the time” 🙂 We don’t have the money now, but usually I think of donating over the summer which is maybe too late to impact kids this year. So I was just wondering if in all your planning for the summer there is a good time to contribute earlier in the year…or if it really doesn’t matter.

    Thanks for helping me get through my over-thinking 🙂 Hope you and the family are doing well! claire

    On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 7:44 PM, Michael Perry

    February 20, 2013
  2. Steve #

    Michael you should send this to InSite! By the way, where did you find this info on the minutes children spend time in front of the glass tube?

    February 22, 2013

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