What does visiting day mean to you? To me it means family. I look forward to this day so much every year. I love being at the camp that has brought all my children so much joy and growth. I love watching them in an unplugged environment and being witness to all the relationships they have formed with their peers, counselors, group leaders and even the directors.
First time for you? Here are some tips:
- Be organized – pack your things the night before. That includes snacks (please make sure you follow the “no nut” policy and also don’t overdo it). You don’t want your child to be sick after you leave or worse, living with rodents from all the food in the bunk
- Give yourself enough time to get there – you don’t want to stress out if there is a traffic problem.
- Be present – your child has been waiting for this day – sit with them, play with them and listen to them.
- Say “Thanks” – introduce yourself to their counselors and say thank you. A little kindness goes a long way. Don’t focus on the small complaints – this job is harder than you imagine, but it is also a personal one – so show them your appreciation by just saying “thanks”.
- Plan your exit – the end can become emotional. Shower your children with hugs and kisses and most importantly, positive reinforcement. Let them know how proud you are of them. If they are starting to quiver, remind them that it’s ok to miss you but have a good time simultaneously. Remember that shortly after you leave they will once again be engaged.
- Smile – these are good times and you should enjoy them! While you are smiling, take some pictures and send them to us or post them and tag @tipsontripsandcamp