Apr 2, 2015 9:17:27 GMT -5
Post by ACADEMY FACULTY [INACTIVE] on Apr 2, 2015 9:17:27 GMT -5
TWELVE TIPS TO HELP PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR CAMP
Article Found at www.offtocamp.com/camptips.html
- Visit the camp, if at all possible, and meet the camp director.
- Talk to other families who have gone to the camp in years past to familiarize yourself with what goes on.
- Have your child spend a weekend with a friend. No phone calls. Talk about it with your child afterward. How did your child feel the second night?
- Go over the daily schedule with your child so there are no surprises. Learn as much as you can about camp life.
- Teach your child how to care for him/herself. Children need to know how to select appropriate clothing, make a bed with clean sheets, put clothes away, set a table, carry out chores, handle laundry, etc.
- Problem solve with your child by using "what if" situations to prepare for unexpected events. What if you lose your baseball glove? What if you don't get along with another child? What if you don't feel well? Let your child brainstorm for solutions and make sure they know the "chain of command" at camp for handling problems.
- Familiarize your child with the outdoors. Many city children are unfamiliar with total darkness and country night sounds. Practice walking in the dark with a flashlight.
- Homesickness is fairly common. Missing home, parents, pets or friends is pretty normal. It is part of growing up and leaving home. Speak openly about it and your child will experience these feelings with less anxiety and more understanding. Camp staff is trained to help your child through these ups and downs.
- Give your child stamped envelopes and postcards already addressed. Practice letter writing. The more your child writes to others, the more mail he/she will receive!
- Communicate with camp officials. Let them know if there are special circumstances or considerations regarding your child's well being or behavior WELL IN ADVANCE.
- Send letters to your child before camp begins so mail is waiting when he/she arrives. Write daily keeping it simple. Send the sports or comics from the local newspaper, a cute card, a package with a word game, etc.
- Prepare yourself for your child going off to camp. You have chosen the best camp for your child and he/she will have a wonderful summer full of fun, new friends, new songs and many exciting experiences.
When it comes time to pack for camp, let the kids do the work!
Kids need to know what they are taking to camp. What is in the suitcases or trunk?
You need to let them help you with the packing.
- Every camp sends a list of things to bring to camp. Follow the list.
- Don't buy expensive clothing for camp. Clothes at camp tend to get dirty; that is just the nature of being in the outdoors.
- Take extra socks.
- Take old shoes, gym shoes or hiking boots. Camp is not the place to "break-in" new shoes.
- Take a laundry bag, rain poncho, water bottle, sun block, insect repellent, flashlight, shower supplies and toiletries.
- Put shower supplies and toiletries in a plastic bucket or "shower" container so it is easy to carry to the bathhouse.
- Put the camper's name on everything from clothes to toothpaste. Use a permanent non-washable inkpad or marking pen.
- Make sure all medication is in the original container and clearly marked. Know the procedure for getting the medication to the nurse.
- Pack stationery and postcards. Put stamps on the envelopes. Have your child address some of the envelopes before he/she goes to camp with your home address as well as friends and relatives.
- Let your child take a stuffed animal if he/she wants. Many children put them on their beds.
- Send along pictures of your family and pets. Your child can show them to his bunkmates.
- Pack a disposable camera instead of an expensive one. Be sure to write your child's name on the camera.
- Clearly label your child's suitcase or trunk.