lTo some kids, overnight camp is a breeze. They can’t wait to get away, meet new friends and run wild for a week. Other kids, not so much. So how can you make sure that your child’s first camp experience is as successful as it can be?
1. Make sure they’re ready to go.
How do you know when your child is ready for overnight camp? We had a few great tips from moms during last month’s summer camp twitter party:
#Thrively q6 when they can sleep Over at someone’s house with no problems
— Erica (@runitbymom) February 20, 2014
— Donna Pierson (@DisneyMom917) February 20, 2014
l2. Go with friends.
It’s great for kids to go on their own because it’s important to learn how to build social relationships and learn how to make friends. However, with a first-time or nervous camper, having a friend there can make all the difference.
— Tiffany C (@sweetmatcha) February 20, 2014
l3. Know when to nudge and when to shrug.
It’s a fine line between introducing something new and pushing them into something that they just don’t want to do. Pursuing new things should be about exploration and discovery.
— Lauren Supina (@LaurenSupina) February 20, 2014
4. Test the waters
Tons of overnight camps out there offer trial camps where your little one can attend for 2 or 3 nights. It’s a great way to test the waters without committing your schedule (and budget!) to a full-length session.
You can search Thrively to find lots of Junior Camps right in your neck of the woods!
— Thrively (@thrively) February 20, 2014
5. When in doubt, just wait.
Your children’s first camp experience will set the tone for many summers to come. If your gut tells you they’re just not ready, then hold off. Attend one-day workshops and get a feel for how they do without you for a whole day. Ease into overnights later.
— MJI Brower (@VintageReader) February 20, 2014
And above all, HAVE FUN!
— Kristina W. (@RagdollKitty87) February 20, 2014