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Summer Camp FAQs

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

Question number 1. Is your child okay sleeping away from home – has your kid had 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? And even though summer camps have long stretch of time, if your child does well when staying elsewhere, then he/she probably has a great chance to adjust easily to the camp.

Question number 2. Is your little one independent – it will require certain independence from the child to be at a sleepaway. Even with minimal supervision, kids should be able to know how to take care of their belongings and of themselves. Few of the basic skills that your child has to know when in the camp is keeping track of clothes, figuring out camp schedules and brushing teeth. Campers are still expected to be independent and responsible even for basics of cabin living although there are counselors who will supervise and help them out.

Question number 3. Does your kid easily adjust to new situations – does your child easily adjust to new 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 on the other hand who is warming up and tends to be a homebody may need help to adjust to sleepaway camp experience. And with regards to this matter, it will be wise to go to camps with friends or attending the same camp as sibling.

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 must be able and ready to follow directions and has to treat staffs with respect. Campers can learn so many things at the camp from climbing, swimming, sailing, gymnastics, canoeing and so on. And to be able to have the most of the experience, campers should be a good listener and cooperate with leaders and instructors.

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

Before letting your child to be in a summer camp, find the answer to these questions first.

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