Why go to camp?
Isn't that just something American kids do because they have longer summer holidays than we do here in the UK?
It is true that the concept of organised sleepaway camping originated in the United States. The first organised camp was 150 years ago in 1861 when a headmaster called Frederick W. Gunn and his wife Abigail took the school on a two week camping trip. Summer camps grew quickly in popularity in the late 19th century as parents wanted their children to experience the beauty of nature as an antidote to the increasing urbanization. Improved physicality and character building were integral parts of the appeal of the early summer camps. By the early 1900's there were hundreds of camps operating in the upper Mdwest and Northeast of the United States. The American Camping Association was formed in 1910. Post WWII summer camps took off with enrolment rocketing.
Today summer camps have changed to reflect demographic and social changes. Specialty, Day, Academic Enrichment & Special Needs camps are all now available. To broaden the demographic and respond to economics, camps now offer different session lengths. And while American summer camps now have campers of many nationalities attending their sessions, the concept of "summer camp" has also spread worldwide.