Summer camp is right around the corner. Here are some tips to help you and your child prepare.
Be confident in your decision to send your child to sleepaway camp! You chose the camp carefully and believe your child is ready.
If you are anxious about sending your child off to camp, discuss it with your spouse or friends. Work hard not to convey these feelings to your child. Sensing that you are concerned will only worry your child.
Avoid statements like “I’m going to miss you terribly”. While it may be your attempt to reassure your child, you don’t want him or her to feel guilty about leaving you.
Let your child know you are confident they will adjust well to camp life. Refer to positive experiences when they’ve been away from home previously. It’s okay to let your child know that he or she might experience some homesickness and that it is normal and natural.
If you attended camp yourself, heighten your child’s interest in camp by pointing out some of the exciting things you remember about your experiences. Be sure to be positive about how you were able to handle being away from your parents.
If your child is still attached to their “blankie” or a certain stuffed animal but may be at the age that they’re hesitant to take it with them to camp, pack it in the zipper of their pillowcase. That way, they can have the security of having it with them without “going public”.
Tuck a cute card in your child’s duffle before they leave, so when they unpack, it will be a nice surprise. Also, send a letter before camp begins so that it will arrive shortly after they get to camp. Let your child choose fun camp stationery and help them pre-address and stamp the envelopes.
You are giving your child the wonderful gift of camp. Be positive and excited for them.