Summertime means camp for thousands of kids across the country. With so many different camps to choose from, it can be difficult to pick the right one for your child. Summer camp can also be expensive, not to mention worrisome for parents and, sometimes, even kids. Clearly, there's a lot to think about when considering summer camp for kids. In this article, learn how to tell if your child is ready for camp, how to select the best camp, and how to prepare yourself and your child before the day arrives.
How to Know When Your Child is Ready for Summer Camp
Spending time, particularly overnight, away from home can be nerve-wracking for parents and children. Summer camp can be an amazing and educational experience that you want your kids to have, but sending them before they're ready can backfire.
To ensure that your child is ready for sleepover camp, consider the following:
The bottom line is that you are the best judge of whether or not your son or daughter is ready for camp. Talk to your child, research the camp and rely on your own best judgment.
How to Select an Good Camp for Your Child
There are many, many summer camps around the country to choose from, and it can be hard to know what to look for. When selecting a summer camp for your child, look for:
When researching camps, you'll also want to find a camp that lays out a specific communication plan to ensure that you'll know how your child is doing, what events you can attend and that makes communication between parent and child available.
Not all summer camps are created equal. Ask the camps you are interested in if they are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). The ACA visits camps regularly to review programs, facilities, safety procedures and hiring policies. You can rest assured that an ACA camp maintains very high standards. However, there are camps without ACA accreditation that are also very well run. When considering unaccredited camps, be prepared to ask more questions and do more research.
How to Prepare Your Child and Yourself for Summer Camp
Getting ready for summer camp for the first time can be nerve-wracking for you and your child. The key to the entire process is preparation – taking the right steps to ready everyone for a fun-filled summer.
The following tips will help ensure that your child is ready and willing to go:
Your child may be uneasy, but chances are good that you're worried enough for the both of you! Like when you watched your child ride their bike for the first time or took them to their first day of school, you'll probably be on the verge of tears when they leave for camp.
To help you survive while your son or daughter is away, keep the following things in mind:
Summer camp is a rite of passage and a significant step toward independence for many kids, but it's important that parents and kids feel good and secure about the camp they choose. Use the tips in this article to help select the best camp for your child and to help you and your son or daughter prepare for an exciting adventure.Share
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