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Summer day camps are structured programs that offer multiple fun and educational activities to children and teenagers alike. Like children, teenagers too can benefit significantly from a summer day camp experience. Listed below are some of the compelling benefits these camps offer to teenagers.

Forming New and Lasting Friendships

​High school can be a pretty dramatic phase of a teen’s life. For most teenagers, summer day camp can provide an excellent opportunity to connect with like-minded peers and form new friendships based on mutual interests. Summer day camps offer a fresh start to all the campers. All children are treated equally, and there is no classification. Hence it is easier to make friends without any judgment.

Most summer day camps emphasize teamwork and collaboration. At summer day camps, teenagers have fun together while working for a common purpose. Summer camps are devoid of the competitive nature of high school; hence, teenagers connect with their peers more positively.


Instills Emotional Maturity and Discipline

At a summer day camp, your teen will be away from the safety and comfort of home. They will undertake some challenging activities that require their full attention and effort. They will be reliant on their camp guides for direction and support.

Summer day camps can teach teenagers to become more disciplined and team-oriented by following instructions and working together. As a result, most teenagers cooperate with their peers and guides. Hence, summer day camps can help shape your teenager into a more emotionally mature and disciplined person.

Indulgence in Physical Activities

​Due to automation and a sedentary lifestyle, 17 percent of children and young adults suffer from obesity. Most teenagers prefer spending time indoors, locked in their rooms and glued to their digital gadgets. They don’t make a conscious effort to be more active physically active and spend quality time outdoors.  

Our summer day camps offer fun and adventurous activities such as hiking, swimming, fishing, and exploring the outdoors. By indulging in these physical activities, teenagers will get ample exercise.

Connecting With Nature

​Spending time in nature offers multiple health benefits, including mood regulation, emotional well-being, and improved cognitive abilities. During their school year, teenagers spend most of their time indoors, from school to home and vice versa. However, by joining a summer day camp, they can spend their school-free time exploring the wilderness.

Guided hikes, swimming, climbing, cliff diving, fishing, etc., are fun activities connecting your teen with nature. We also educate young minds about the different elements of nature and how they function and teach the importance of preserving the environment. Hence, summer day camps can instill environmental consciousness in the minds of young adults.


If you’re searching for a fun, educational, and affordable outdoor summer camp adventure for your teenage kid, enroll them in our R.A.D. Camps summer programs. We are located in Bend, Oregon. We conduct multiple fun-filled activities for teenagers in the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests. Our motto is “no child left inside.” We connect teenagers with nature through fun-filled activities.

For more information, visit our website, contact us or call us at (541) 410-7258.


Chance is the owner and CEO of R.A.D. Camps in Bend, Oregon. He attended R.A.D. Camps summer programs as a kid and loved it so much he bought the company!