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Summer Camp FAQs

Is your child already clamoring for a summer camp? Well, before you let him or her to go into such activity, you better ask yourself some questions to have an idea if they’re really camp ready.

Question number 1. Is your child okay sleeping away from home – does it ever happened that your kid spent time sleeping away from home like at their friend’s or grandparent’s home and is he/she comfortable at sleepovers with groups of kids or does he/she ask to go home in middle of the night? Despite the fact that summer camps have long stretch of time, if your child does well in staying elsewhere, then he or she has a great chance of easily adjusting to the camp.

Question number 2. Is your little one independent – by being in a sleepaway, expect it to require certain level of independence from your child. Kids should know how to take care of their belongings and of themselves with minimal supervisions. From keeping track of clothes, figuring out camp schedules and brushing teeth are some of the basic skills to which your child will need at the camp. And although there are counselors who will supervise and help them out, campers are still expected to be independent and responsible even for basics of cabin living.

Question number 3. Does your kid easily adjust to new situations – does your child is able to adjust to situations and places and does he/she make friends quickly? If yes, then it’s likely that he or she will have easy transition to new settings, acquaintances and routines of the summer camp. A child who is warming up slowly and tends to be more of homebody might need some help to adjust to sleepaway camp experience. In this regard, going to camps with friends or attending the same camp as sibling can be helpful.

Question number 4. Can your future camper know how to follow directions – just one part of being at the camp is learning how to cooperate with counselors, adult leaders and other staffs. Your child has to be able and read to follow directions and should treat the staffs with respect. Campers can learn so many things at the camp from climbing, swimming, sailing, gymnastics, canoeing and so on. And to get the most from this experience, being a good listener and cooperate with leaders and instructors is a must.

Question number 5. Does the camp have short sessions – there are camps that allow the option of shorter sessions for first time campers.

Find the answer to these questions first before you let your child to be in a summer camp.