A child’s reaction to spending a week at summer camp can look quite different. One child may jump for joy, another may cry at the mention of leaving home, and yet another may be silent or seemingly unfazed.
Let’s access what each child’s reaction could mean.
Alright! Your child is raring to start a new adventure. Most likely your child has heard positive remarks about camps from friends, family, or a favorite TV show. Although the concept of camp is not entirely unfamiliar to him or her, it is possible that camp will be different than expected. Some of the tips in the, “Preparing for Camp” section below can help your child prepare.
There are many reasons your child may not want to go to camp. He or she may be afraid of being away from home, afraid of getting lost, afraid of not making friends, and so on. The best approach is to talk with your child and find out what his or her fear is.
Here are some suggestions from an article on Child Mind Institute’s website, “13 Tips for Helping Anxious Kids Enjoy Summer Camp”. 1
If you decide your child is ready for camp, you will find more help full suggestions in the “Preparing for Camp” section below.
Are you receiving no feedback from your child about camp? Try listing some of the activities usually done at camp and see if this draws a response-either positive or negative. Still no response? Parents.com has some helpful considerations: 2
The final decision comes down to you! Based on your child’s reaction and your own knowledge of your child, you will be able to determine if camp is a right fit this year.
Whether your child is excited for camp, afraid of it, or somewhere in between, here are some suggestions to help their time at camp go smoothly.
If you feel that your child is not ready for camp that is perfectly fine! Children’s preferences are always changing. They may be ready next year!
-By Megan Hunsberger
1 “13 Tips for Helping Anxious Kids Enjoy Summer Camp.” Child Mind Institute. Web. 2017. https://childmind.org/article/13-tips-for-helping-anxious-kids-enjoy-summer-camp/
2 Black, Rosemary. “Happy Camper: Is Your Kid Ready for Sleepaway Camp?” Parents. Web. 2017