Learning – such a great word. I went to Wikipedia to further explore what I feel may be one of the most important and critical brain functions we possess.

Wikipedia said, “Learning is acquiring new knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, preferences or understanding, and may involve synthesizing different types of information.”

“Play has been approached by several theorists as the first form of learning.”

That said the camp experience is a synonym for learning.

Take it a step further and I found a Learning Pyramid by Dr. Tom Bayston Jr. that illustrates average student retention rates for certain learning modalities. Reading = 10%, Discussion = 50%, but to Practice Doing = 75%, and to have the opportunity to Teach Others = 90%.

The camp experience is an exemplary complement to the formal education system and should be a viable expanded learning environment for today’s children – all children.