Ask anyone who has ever been to overnight camp about their experience, and you will hear endless tales of comradery, cabin mates, and campfires. Many times, campers will say overnight camp was the first time they rode a horse or shot a bow and arrow or flew down a zip line. It’s where they learned to make their beds and keep their belongings tidy in cramped quarters. With the perfect blend of adventure and responsibility, camp life teaches kids valuable lessons they can use for the rest of their lives.
Summer is just around the corner, and that means it’s almost time for camps! We’re fortunate in the Calgary area to have a huge variety of summer camp options covering a wide range of ages, interests, skill levels, and budgets. Booking camps can sometimes be overwhelming, and it isn’t always clear what they offer that’s above and beyond what your regular child care might provide potentially at a lower price. When you’re making your selections for the summer and weighing your options, it’s important to really look at what each camp experience is worth based on their venue, programming, and instruction.
No one at your kids’ camp is hoping you will over-pack. Camp staff are busy scheduling the type of summer adventures that make lifelong memories, so resist the urge to over-pack your kids for camp. Keep your approach simple. Here are a few tips that will make your job easier and save you money and headaches.
We all want our children to be happy and successful. Would you believe that letting them spread their own wings - without us by their side - may be the most effective way to do this? As parents, our job is to give our children the tools they need to go out in the world and discover who they are and what they want to become - their purpose in life. A child can only truly grow if given some freedom and the chance to gain confidence by exploring new ideas and activities.
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