Since children get such a long summer break, many parents like to enroll their children in kids summer camps to make sure that they have a fun and fulfilling vacation.
If it’s your child’s first time going to summer camp, they’re bound to have some questions or concerns. Here are five ways parents can get their children ready for summer camp activities:
1. Give your child a preview of camp
We all need to be mentally prepared to face new things in life, and the same goes for children. Give them a taste of what to expect at summer camp by showing them brochures, the website and online videos. Once they see how happy the children are and how much fun they’re having, they’ll be more excited about summer camp.
2. Meet with the camp organizer
If possible, have a meet and greet with the organizer to get your child familiar with the adults there. Other than giving them a chance to see that the camp organizer is friendly and not a mean person, it is also a great way to share your child’s specific needs (phobias, allergies) with the camp organizer. The more the camp organizer knows about your child, the better they can make your child’s experience.
3. Show faith in your child’s abilities
We all get a little scared sometimes. If your child is afraid of meeting new people or participating in group activities, don’t criticize those fears. Instead, give kids the tools they need to develop confidence to handle problems. This is a good life lesson. As your child grows up, they’ll need to learn to face their fears in the future. Even if they get scared at summer camp, they’ll remember their parent’s unconditional support and faith in them.
4. Tell your child what to expect at camp
Other than giving them a preview of the summer camp activities, you can go into further details by selling the “fun” element of summer camp. You can tell them about how there will be a range of activities, and that they’ll get a chance to make new friends and have fun together. After all, what child doesn’t like to have fun?
5. Tell your child it’s all part of growing up
Preparing your child for summer camp is also a great lesson for them in growing up. Since parents won’t be there to watch or guide them during summer camp, they can develop important qualities like independence, cooperation, and teamwork. At kids summer camps, they’ll learn that parents can’t always be there for them and that they need to learn to fend for themselves.
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