Going away to an overnight camp is a fun adventure and a great learning experience for your child. If it's their first time going away without you, the trip can be exciting but also can cause some concern in them. There are ways to help prepare your child for their first time at an overnight camp to ensure their experience is a fun one.
Check Out the Camp
Once you have narrowed down which camps make your list of ones to send your child to, do a little research with your child to see what they offer. Check out their website for activities, social media websites, read any information packets they offer and watch DVDs so you can get a good idea of what your child can expect when they head there.
If the camp has an orientation day where you can actually visit the camp itself, then take a trip there to see if both you and your child like the atmosphere. It is a good chance to get to know the staff, other campers that might be there and get a chance to take part in some of the programs offered there.
If your child has never spent a night away from you on a vacation or staying with a friend overnight or other family members, they might feel apprehensive about leaving you for that length of time. It might be a good idea to have a practice run in which your child spends the night or two with their grandparents or other family members, or perhaps one of their friends from school, to get used to the idea of being away from you for an extended period.
Packing for Camp
Once you have chosen a camp and have registered and filled out all forms, it's time to pack for the trip. Instead of packing yourself, have your child help and make suggestions to what they would like to bring. They will feel more in control of the situation and can even get more excited in helping to get ready for their big adventure. The camp should provide an information kit which will include what should be packed.
Don't include jewelry or money and it is a good idea to label their clothes and belongings using a marker or nail polish. If your child takes any medication, make sure to include enough to last them for the duration of their stay and inform the camp counselors of when the child needs to take them and how often. For more information, contact companies like Camp Walt Whitman.
One of my fondest childhood memories is camping with my family. Not only because of the quality time and smores we got to share, but because of the many lessons I learned on each of our camping trips. Each time I conquered a new task, I learned to be confident even when faced with unfamiliar challenges. Each time I woke to the sounds of bustling animals nearby, I learned the value of working hard to survive and the importance of peace amongst neighbors. These are just a few of the many lessons that I have learned. I always hoped to share the lessons of the wilderness with my own children. However, life has chosen a different path for me. So it is now my hope that I can share these lessons with children and parents all over the world through the information found in these pages.