So your child has reached that stage in their lifetime whereby, they are prepared to pack their luggage and head off to an overnight camp. Most children do very well at overnight camps, but others struggle. The following are some pointers to assist parents in ensuring that their kids have fun at their sleep away camps.
Make Sure Your Child is Prepared to Make the Leap
If you come to discover that your son is up for the idea of sleepaway camping, it is the right indication that they are ready for one. If your son has good self-esteem, can reason for himself, is outgoing, responds nicely to time away from family, makes friends easily and is excited by new experiences, he will probably love overnight camp.
Involve Your Son in the Selection Process
You should sit down with your kids and decide as to how long they would like the camping experience to last, and the kinds of activities they would like to participate in. The most important thing when selecting a camp may not be its location, amenities or activities but the camp’s philosophy and principles. It is necessary to click on their websites and go through important their brochures to get more information with regards to this. This will help you in choosing the best overnight camp for your kids, to enjoy the full experience of camping.
Be Positive About the Camp Experience
Upon selecting a sleep away camp for their kids, parents usually worry too much of their kids stay in those camps. They usually find themselves in a situation whereby they don’t want to let their child go and they are advised against it. Parents are also advised not to promote the idea that they can come home if they get homesick since it will affect their overnight camp experience. Always ensure you stay positive as a parent and show your kid that you are happy for her and that it is going to be a wonderful experience.
Involve Your Child in All preparations.
Read through together of what the overnight camp says. Go for shopping and pack together using the checklist of items your kids are required to carry.
Make Sure Your Children can Look After Themselves
It is important to note that in sleep away camps, children are required to do most of the things on their own. These tasks range from deciding on what to wear, taking a shower on their own, sorting their laundry, and make their beds among others. There is more to teaching your son to take care of himself than just personal hygiene. You should also teach your child the importance of speaking out if he or she is too cold, not feeling well, being treated unfairly or has a personal need that is being not met. This will help in making the overnight camp experience a success for your kid.