As June quickly approaches, it’s time to think about how you’ll keep your kids busy this summer. Instead of worrying that they will morph into couch potatoes, you may want to send them to camp. Mike Strutt, founder of Kids In Sports, a new summer camp that focuses on athletics, believes summer camp is a valuable and memorable experience.

While there are many different types of camps available, sports camps are among the most popular. “With sports, you’re getting a lot of different things that any parent would want for their child. Parents want their kids to be active and healthy, and they want them to have fun and to get fresh air,” Strutt says. We had the opportunity to speak with Strutt about some of the benefits of signing kids up for sports this summer.

Learning life lessons: Keeping kids active can prepare them for the real world. “The perseverance and some of the obstacles that they learn how to overcome are like real-life scenarios that will help them face future challenges,” he explains. And he believes that it is never too soon to teach these values. “The earlier a child learns anything, the better,” he says. “We love to plant that seed at a very young age.”

Tearing kids away from screens: It’s pretty clear that kids these days are pretty attached to phones, computers and any other gadgets they can get their hands on. “The earlier you teach children the values of exercise, particularly from sports, the better,” says Strutt. “It’s about getting them moving and running around and working with coaches, listening to instructions, as well as being with other children and making new friends.” 

Making new friends: Summer camp is a perfect opportunity for your kids to socialize and make new friends. Through team-building activities, kids will learn how to work together to accomplish goals and bond with their peers along the way. Strutt believes that friendship is an added bonus to sports and summer camp. For example, he uses “cooperative learning” games with children. In these games, the children work together without much assistance from the coaches. “The whole point,” he says, “is for them to keep building upon themselves.”