Should My 3 Year Old Attend Summer Camp?

In general, most 3-year-olds are still in the early stages of developing their ability to focus and concentrate for extended periods of time, and they may tire easily from physical activities. Additionally, separation anxiety can be a common issue for young children, and being away from their parents for a full day is a skill that many children are still learning.  This is why it is very important to choose a program with lots of experience with children this age or that has a preschool during the school year.

Before enrolling your child in a full-day summer camp, it’s important to consider their individual needs, temperament, and developmental stage. For example, if your child is already enrolled in a preschool program, then they are very likely ready for a full day of summer camp.  If this will be your child’s first experience away from the comfort of home, you may want to start with a mini-day program to gauge how well your child adapts to the camp environment. It’s also a good idea to talk to the camp staff about their experience with young children and any strategies they use to help them adjust to camp life. 

Ultimately, you know your child best, and you should trust your instincts about whether they are ready for a full day of summer camp or not after doing your research on potential camp programs.

How Day Camp Empowers Your Child

Socialization: Day camps provide a chance for kids to make new friends and interact with peers in a fun, supportive environment. It can also help them develop social skills and learn how to work together as a team.

Physical activity: Summer day camps offer a variety of outdoor activities that keep kids active and healthy, such as swimming, hiking, and sports. This can help prevent obesity and other health problems.

Independence: Day camps help children become more independent by encouraging them to take on new challenges and make decisions on their own.

Learning new skills: Camps offer activities that help kids learn new skills, such as sports, art, music, science or even archery! This can be a great way for kids to explore their interests and develop new talents.

Safe and structured environment: Accredited Summer Day camps are supervised by trained staff members who provide a safe and structured environment for kids to learn and have fun.

Overall, summer day camps can provide a valuable and enriching experience for kids, helping them develop important skills, make new friends, and have fun in a safe and supportive environment.

Summer 2022: Our Full Program is Back and Better Than Ever!

At Pierce we never stop working on camp – we love camp and live camp with everything that we do. After two successful summers with the pandemic, we are excited to bring back our full program AND introduce some great new additions to our facilities and schedule.


We are very excited about what we have in store for this upcoming summer season! Here’s a SNEAK PEEK of just a few things we are adding (and bringing back) to Summer 2022 to make it the best one yet! We can’t wait to see everyone at camp in a few short months! -The Pierce Family

We Look Forward To Seeing Your Family For Our 105th Summer!

Sneak Peek of What’s In Store for Summer 2022:

  • American Ninja Warrior Expansion – Our Ninja Warrior course has been such a big hit that we will be doubling the number of unique elements giving our campers new opportunities to run, jump, vault, climb and balance. Our campers are going to love these new challenges as this is one of the most popular activities on camp for 6’s and up!
  • New Photo Sharing App – Allow us to introduce Campanion, our new camp photo app. The current photo system will remain in place, but benefits of Campanion allow you to view our photos more easily on your phone, set up optional facial recognition for your camper, and view photos in an Instagram style feed. Campanion also allows for enrollment and camp form submission right through the app.
  • Brand New SANDTASTIC Playground – It’s time for a major upgrade in the sand playground! We have teamed up with Landscape Structures to build a state-of-the-art playspace full of innovative new features which will inspire the imaginations of our campers… then they will take it from there!
  • Flag Football – We’ve added flag football for all campers 6’s and up. Instead of tackling the ball carrier, defensive players attempt to pull the flags off the ball carrier’s belt.
  • New Activity: Think Fast! – Our very own professional game show equipment will allow our campers to face off in a variety of game show formats…tell Ken Jennings to watch out!
  • More Theme Days and a new Special Event – We are putting the final touches on our 2022 Camp Calendar which will include more theme days and a brand new Special Event… Stay tuned for more details!

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After Two years of modified camp, our full program is back including these activities and special events!

  • Carnival Day!
  • Mid-Summer Surprise
  • Sports League Play for 6+
  • Senior and Super Senior Trip Program
  • Active-8 Choice Program for all of our 8’s
  • Pierce Sharks Swim Team
  • Pow Wow Shows WITH PARENTS!
  • Special Events from our favorite vendors Party Pets, Eric the Magician, and more!