From the article: The Benefits of Overnight Camp
Has your child been to sleep away camp? How did you prepare your tween for the experiences of sleep away camp, and time spent away from home and family? How did you prevent homesickness? How did you teach your child to be responsible for taking care of himself, and for keeping up with his things? Share your experiences on how you prepared your tween for sleep away camp. Share Your Advice
Camp is FUN!
- I remember the first time I went to sleep away camp. I was eight and away for two weeks. Of course I got homesick! But the counselors were so great and encouraging! You have to trust the staff, I'm sure no matter where you send your child, their staff are all wonderful people. Write letters back and forth and pack a photo or a stuffed animal! :) Camp is one of the best expirences and I'm sure by the end, they won't want to leave! :)
- —Guest Miranda
I had an awesome time.
- I am 11 and I have recently got back from my 2 night 3 day excursion. It was amazing. I was with lots of my friends and we all had a brilliant time. We did lots of activities such as archery, rock climbing and zip wire. The food was good and no one got home sick.
- —Guest scofe
Sleep away camp
- Always pack a photo and make sure they are allowed to use phones, some camps don't let kids use phones. if possible find out what the food will be.
- —Guest kt
- I praise the person who came up with the idea of school camp. I am 11 and went with school to camp a few weeks ago. I packed a photo of my family in case I got homesick. I put on some blu-tack so I could stick it on the wall. I cried a bit for the first five minutes on the bus but my friends all helped me feel better. By the end of the bus trip, I was dancing in my seat and singing to 'Party Rock Anthem'. I arrived and we got straight into our cabins. I had the most wonderful cabin- all people who I was friends with or had once been friends with. I even had half my netball team in my cabin! I thing I became a lot more self-dependant in the first hour. Our cabin was a mess and we'd all agreed that we'd spend free time packing up. Sleep that night was tough because of the heat, but I didn't give home a second thought. I was with people I loved and who loved me. I was so grateful for that. I finally remembered about the photo when I found the blu-tack in my suitcase!
- —Guest Bianca
Benefits of Sleepaway Camp
- Parents should be comfortable and appreciate the benefits of a sleepaway camp. Sending a child away for the summer is a privilege and fosters self-esteem and independence. The activities at camp exposure children to a world unplugged. There are so many different camps that match the individual interests of every child. A camp advisor, like myself, offer parents sound recommendations at NO cost. Finding a camp can be an overwhelming process.
- Sleep Away Camp is not an appropriate movie for young children to watch alone. The twist ending at the end of the movie will give them nightmares for years. Don't do it.
- —Guest john
- I packed a family picture in a notebook. If my son was homesick, he could look at the picture and write a letter to our family.
- —Guest Another MOM