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. Some children can adapt very fast in the overnight camp while others, will take some time to adjust to the new environment. Here are some things to note when planning for your kids trip to an overnight camp.
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 you realize that your child has a positive self-image, responds well to time away from family, can advocate reasonably for him or herself, is outgoing and can easily make friends, then he will definitely enjoy overnight camps at an early age.
Involve Your Children in the Selection Process
You should involve your son in making a decision on the types of activities he would like to engage in while in the camp and, the number of days he would like to stay there. 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. Finding out as much as possible about sleep away camps you might want your child to go to, will help you choose the best fit for your child.
Be Positive About the Camp Experience
Once the parents have settled for a particular overnight camp for their kid, the biggest mistake they make is worrying too much. It is difficult for most parents to be away from their kids than it is for kids and they are advised not to burden their kids with this feeling. Never promise a child if they get homesick that they could come home since it will ensure the failure of the camp. Make sure that you convey a positive message and image to your child to make him feel confident when going to this sleep away camp.
Involve Your Children in All the Preparations
Read through together all the rules and guidelines offered by the sleep away camp. Shop for things that might be required for the camp and pack together.
Make Sure Your Children can Look After Themselves
At children sleep away camps, kids have to do most of the things by themselves. These include unpacking their belongings, showering on their own, washing their laundry, and choosing what to wear. Teaching your kids about caring for themselves is more 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. Your child will enjoy the sleepaway camp by ensuring these important matters are looked into.