Wednesday, April 25th 2012
Much has been written already about HBO’s “Girls,” the “Sex and the City” for the next generation. The New York Times even had an article in The Science Times about the show and how the strong female friendships on “Girls” mirror those found in the animal kingdom. It seems that baboons and twenty-something Brooklynites both benefit from female bonding.
This, of course, led me to think about all-girls camps. There is no right decision when deciding what type of camp to send your children to. Some children and/or parents want a co-ed camp because they want their children to spend time with their siblings, because they want their children exposed to and comfortable around the other gender, or because they themselves have fond memories of a co-ed camp experience. Still others choose co-ed camps because they believe that teens are more likely to attend camp longer if there are members of the opposite sex there. All of these are valid and great reasons to send children to a co-ed camp.
Other parents choose single-sex camps. There is something different about the bonding that happens in a single-sex camp. Girls are very different when there are no boys around. Even boys are different without girls to impress. With the plethora of technology available to kids today, it is almost impossible to insulate them from the pressures of dating and sex, at younger and younger ages. A single-sex camp can minimize the pressures, at least for a few weeks.
The creator of “Girls” has stated that the most important relationship in the show is really the friendship of the “girls” themselves. In the animal kingdom, in the five boroughs of New York, and at summer camp, this is what is most important.