Summer camp is more than a country vacation for children. At camp, kids learn to appreciate the outdoors, develop companionship and pick up skills that enhance self reliance, cooperation and interdependence. These skills remain with them throughout childhood and into adulthood. Camp can also serve as a kind of refuge where children can unburden themselves of the pressures at home. Camp frees them, get their creative juices flowing and renews their sense of being kids. To help your child have a successful time at camp, here are a few tips
1.Learning to let go allows children to develop autonomy and a stronger sense of self.
2. Preparing your child for camp together can set a positive tone for the experience your child is about to embark upon, especially if this is their first camp.
3.Talking about concern that you or your child may have can benefit you both. As the first day of camp approaches, some children experience uneasiness about going away. Children should be encourage to talk about these feelings rather than acting on what you think his feelings may be. Communicate confidence in his ability to handle being away from home, and remind him of all the successes he has experienced in other situations to set his mind more at ease.
4.Make sure you have realistic goals. Camp, like the rest of life, has high points and low ones. Not every moment will be filled with excitement. At times, your child will feel great while at other times he may feel unhappy or bored.Encourage your child to have a reasonable and realistic view of camp by discussing, in advance,both the ups and downs.
5. Talk about the plus sides of going to camp. Camp experiences will provide opportunities for problem solving, negotiating, increased self awareness and greater sensitivity toward others. Don’t send your child to camp feeling pressured to succeed. The main purposes of camp are to relax and have fun.
6. When your child is at camp, don’t call within the first two weeks if he will be there for the entire summer. It takes that long to adjust to being away, and a call may disrupt the process.Let the child get a chance to adapt, and maybe make a friend, so when the phone call is made you will have something positive to talk about.