Laughter bubbles as jokes are shared and new friendships are built. Campers unplug from technology to commune with nature, realizing their roles in stewardship of the land. Skills develop throughout camp, both in physical things like swimming, [sports], and art and social/emotional things like teamwork, creativity, and self-confidence. Then, at the end of each day, campers return to their families.
With so much similarity of structure and experience, traditional day camps share many of the benefits of the monolithic stereotype of “summer camp.” Yet, it is in that relatively small difference, the daily return to home, that the unique importance of day camp lies.
-“Why Day Camp Matters” American Camp Association