Summer shorts and tees purchased, washed and folded neatly in the duffle bag. Bug spray, cell phone charger and the one allowable stuffed animal all packed. Immunization card submitted. Survival snacks tucked away. We were ready for her first week away from home on her own. My daughter was 10 years old and headed to summer pre-teen church camp.
Types of camps
Day camps - Day camps operate for periods of one to eight weeks, providing opportunities for children to enjoy a camping experience during the day while sleeping at home. This type of camp may be viewed as an introductory stage to camping at a high comfort level.
Choosing a summer camp for your child can be a daunting task. There are many things to consider and a myriad of camp options to choose from. However, with some careful, advanced preparation, you can ensure that you choose the best camp for your child so that they have a positive experience.
Worried about the effects of homesickness on your child’s camp experience this summer? While homesickness isn’t unusual, a proactive approach now can minimize homesickness hardships later. Amy Gragg, a licensed clinical social worker, offers tips to prepare your child for a fun, positive camp experience.
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