10 Reasons Why Your Children Should Attend Summer Camp


At Grand View Lodge, we’ve helped guests create a lifetime of memories for years. Our sister properties, Tanque Verde Ranch and Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert, have been doing the same for generations under the leadership and guidance of Cote Family Destinations. Cote Family Destinations enriches the lives of guests and employees by providing special memories and experiences at Grand View Lodge, Tanque Verde Ranch, and Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert.

Located in Tucson, Arizona, Tanque Verde Ranch was established in 1868 and is still one of the best all-inclusive family resorts in the form of a cattle and guest ranch. It is known for its stunning desert landscape, adjacent to the Rincon Mountains and Saguaro National Park on 60,000 acres.

Camp Lincoln for Boys and Camp Lake Hubert for Girls are both located just down the road from us on the shores of beautiful Lake Hubert in Nisswa, Minnesota. Parents throughout the state, country, and worldwide have sent their children to these renowned camps for over 100 years.

Summer camp offers many incredible opportunities for campers to build life skills in a safe, structured, and supportive environment. Camp is also just a fun way for kids to spend part of their summer vacation from school.

We have compiled 10 benefits of sending your children to summer camp below. Give them a read and consider sending your children to Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert this summer!

Here are 10 reasons why you should send your child to camp this summer:

1. Diversity in Backgrounds and Cultures

Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert attract campers and staff members from across the world, so your child will experience tremendous exposure to differences in backgrounds and cultures. Campers learn to celebrate differences when connecting with others, gaining mutual respect and understanding while also acknowledging the similarities in needs all of us possess.

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2. Friendships

Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert have an acronym, CFAB, which stands for, Camp Friends Are Best, for good reason. The shared bonds and friendships campers gain last for a lifetime. It is a regular occurrence to see former campers having reunions and gatherings years after they’ve attended camp.

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3. Fun!

Camp is just fun! It will be something your child looks back on with laughter and smiles for the rest of their life. Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert are filled with fun through activities such as campfires, skit nights, special theme days, and other informal gatherings.

4. Independence

Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert both do a great job of fostering independence by challenging each person as an individual while also teaching each camper they are responsible for their actions, whether in daily activities, chores, or social interactions.

Campers are responsible for chores to complete prior to the start of daily activities. Examples of chores include raking, emptying trash, sweeping, making beds, and keeping their cabin area tidy in general- all things you’d love to see them doing at home!

These chores teach campers responsibility by showing them the role they play in the camp community, and that the entire camp community is relying on them to fulfill it. Plus, it also teaches campers valuable skills that will be useful to them throughout the rest of their lives.

Overall, campers develop a sense of self-reliance while learning how to be valuable community members through accountability, honesty, loyalty, trust, and compassion for others.

5. Leadership Opportunities

Whether you are a counselor or camper, life at camp affords many opportunities to develop leadership skills. By participating in the leadership training program for campers or leading activities as a counselor, camp is designed for people to practice leadership skills by organizing activities, leading events, and/or managing a team.

6. Personal Growth

At camp, your child will experience a safe environment that allows them to grow, learn, and participate in healthy risk-taking. Campers learn more about themselves through this process, gaining a more profound sense of purpose and fulfillment as they develop.

7. Resiliency

Resilient people typically lead more fulfilled lives. Camp places children in an environment to practice resiliency. Campers will face challenges and obstacles in activities, being away from family and friends at home, and simply stepping outside of their comfort zone to try new things. These types of experiences also prepare campers for the everyday setbacks of normal life.

8. Separation from Technology

When was the last time your child was away from technology? Nowadays, it is increasingly rare, and camp is one of the only opportunities for children to disconnect and engage with others without distraction completely. Instead of connecting on a screen, your camper will enjoy connecting with the natural beauty of Northern Minnesota and other campers around them. Taking a break from technology will exercise their creativity and imagination and develop critical social skills such as compassion and empathy in face-to-face interactions.

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9. Skill Development

Campers at Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert will have the opportunity to learn essential skills by participating in over 30 types of activities. By the time they leave camp, campers can be skilled in horseback riding, sailing, windsurfing, trapshooting, ropes courses, and many other lifelong activities that are difficult to find opportunities to learn in adulthood.

Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert offer 750 acres of forest land perfect for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The climbing wall stands at 56 feet tall, providing campers with a premier outdoor climbing experience. The high ropes course is also suspended 30-50 feet in the air.

There is no shortage of waterfront to hone skills on Lake Hubert. The camps offer a fleet of over 40 sailboats to learn how to sail. The lake offers excellent conditions for sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, paddleboarding, and swimming all summer long.

Campers at both camps also get the opportunity to participate in a wilderness program where they learn vital outdoor skills such as learning how to orient a compass, wilderness safety, shelter construction, tenting, camping, and fire building. Knowing how to build a shelter, start a fire, purify water, and signal for help can be essential in an emergency situation.

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10. Values

Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert’s Core Values of community, excellence, fun, personal growth and development, and quality relationships guide everything done at camp and will shape the experience in the most positive way possible for your child.

These values are the reason why Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert have been transforming campers’ lives for over 100 years!

Campers learn the true meaning of community by celebrating differences while also acknowledging the similarities we all possess. They always strive for excellence while encouraging others to do the same. Bringing an enthusiastic, positive attitude helps create a fun environment. Healthy risk-taking and continuing to learn help campers personally grow and develop, while being responsible for your own actions and approaching relationships with honesty and care promotes lifelong friendships.

In closing, summer camp offers many benefits and is something every parent should consider for their child. We are very fortunate to have two of the nation’s best summer camps in Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert, basically in our backyard!

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Availability remains at Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert for enrollment this summer.

At Camp Lincoln, space remains in the following sessions:

  • 2 Week 1, June 15th – June 27th (1st through 6th Graders)
  • 2 Week 2, June 28th – July 10th (1st through 6th Graders)
  • 2 Week 3, July 13th – July 25th (1st through 5th Graders)
  • 2 Week 4, July 26th – August 7th (1st through 5th Graders)

  • 4 Week 1, June 15th – July 10th (2nd through 9th Graders)
  • 4 Week 2, July 13th – August 7th (2nd through 5th Graders and 9th Graders)

Camp Lake Hubert has space remaining in these sessions:

  • 2 Week 1, June 15th – June 27th (4th and 5th Graders)
  • 2 Week 2, June 28th – July 10th (2nd, 4th, and 5th Graders)
  • 2 Week 3, July 13th - Tuesday, July 25th (2nd Graders)

  • 4 Week 1, June 15th – July 10th (3rd, 4th, 5th, and 9th Graders)
  • 4 Week 2, July 13th - Monday, August 7th (3rd, 5th, 8th, and 9th Graders)

Learn more and enroll your camper today. Call the camp office at 952-922-2545 or email home@lincoln-lakehubert.com. Over 30,000 children have already enjoyed summers at Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert, and yours should do the same. We guarantee it will be one of the best summers of your child’s life!