You have just realised that your son is at that magical stage where he is ready to start packing and, head to the sleep away camp. Most children do very well at overnight camps, but others struggle. Find below some steps to assist you in preparing your son for a camping experience he can never forget.
Ensure that Your Kids are Ready to Take the Leap
If you come to discover that your son is up for the idea of sleepaway camping, it is the right indication that they are ready for one. If you realize that your child has a positive self-image, responds well to time away from family, can advocate reasonably for him or herself, is outgoing and can easily make friends, then he will definitely enjoy overnight camps at an early age.
Involve Your Son in the Selection Process
You should involve your son in making a decision on the types of activities he would like to engage in while in the camp and, the number of days he would like to stay there. The most important thing when selecting a camp may not be its location, amenities or activities but the camp’s philosophy and principles. It is imperative to go to the homepage of these sleep away websites and click to learn more about what they believe in or even have a face to face with the director. Finding out as much as possible about sleep away camps you might want your child to go to, will help you choose the best fit for your child.
Be Positive About the Camp Experience
After the camp selection has been made, parents find themselves nervous and anxious about their son going to these sleep away camps. They usually find themselves in a situation whereby they don’t want to let their child go and they are advised against it. It is also recommended that you don’t give your son false hopes that they can come home in case they feel homesick since it will ruin the fun they should be having in the camp. Always ensure you stay positive as a parent and show your kid that you are happy for her and that it is going to be a wonderful experience.
Involve Your Children in All the Preparations
Parents are advised to read through the guidelines set out in the camp together with their children before attending these overnight camps. Shop for things that might be required for the camp and pack together.
Ensure Your Child can Look After Himself
Kids at overnight camps, have to do specific tasks for themselves. They have to unpack their luggage, shower and wash independently, sort their laundry, etc. Teaching your kids about caring for themselves is more than just personal hygiene. He has to also understand why it is imperative that he speaks out whenever he is not warm enough, ill, or not being treated fairly. This will help in making the overnight camp experience a success for your kid.