Are you thinking of sending your son or daughter off at some point to summer camp when the school year ends?
In the event you are, you should do all you can to find the right camping experience for them.
Whether this means off to Colorado Academy summer camp or one of the many others, you want them to learn and have fun.
So, is a great summer camp experience around the corner for your child?
Let the Fun Begin from Day One
While it is good to give your child some important instructions before they ever set foot in camp, do not overdo it. The last thing you want is having your child all anxious about their upcoming experience.
That said provide them with the following tips:
- Have fun – Above all else, it is important for your kid to have fun at camp. If for some reason they did not do this, it could make for a long time there. Encourage your child to be active and have fun at the same time. By the time the camp winds down, your child will have wondered how it went by so fast. Part of having fun is opening themselves up to new experiences. They can be educated and come home with some learning. This is something they may very well have not have had the chance to experience. As part of the camp fun, encourage your kid to take some pictures if cell phones are allowed there. If for some reason they are not, check with the camp staff. Chances are they will record much of the fun taking place when your child and others are active.
- Be open – For some kids, being in a different environment can seem a little scary. Let your child know it is fine to be open to learning some new things and experiencing firsts. This not only makes summer camp more fun, but it also prepares them for as they grow over their childhood years. By being open to experiences they are not use to, your kid could come home a different person and all for the better.
- Reach out – Finally, making some new friends at summer camp is always a good thing. That said you want your kid to be open to reaching out to make new friends. Even if they only come home with one new friend, it was worth it. That friendship can evolve over time and last for years to come. As your child has the opportunity to make new friends, he or she is less likely to think about being away from home. In the end, they will be busy with their new friends and the activities camp has to offer. At the end of the day, it is a win-win for everyone involved.
If you want to keep your child active over the summer, going off to camp can be a fantastic experience. It could end up something they and you will talk about for years to come.
So, if you have not signed your child up yet, what are you waiting on?