Deciding when a child is Ready to attend a Sleepaway Summer Camp that is not under a parent’s watchful eye presents a difficult decision. We hold the bicycle steady, hold their hand to cross the street and hold our breath when they ask you to let go. When children become involved in an activity on their own, it often results in skinned knees and lessons learned. This creates a tug of war for most parents between their protective nature and wanting their Son or Daughter to have new experiences.
What is a Sleepaway Camp?
Summer Camps are distinguished into two categories. Day Camps occur during set hours while Sleep Away Camps are scheduled for an extended period of time. This means the child will stay at the Campsite for one week to several weeks depending on the program’s structure. Each Camp has their own guidelines for the age groups they will accept. Younger children will have differing needs than those of older teens or young adults. You can expect consistent supervision to be provided by Camp staff along with meals and a full itinerary of events.
Is My Child Ready for Sleepaway Camp?
As a Parent, there will be several questions to sift through before determining if your Children are ready for Camp. The answers are not textbook solutions and will vary according to their unique personalities. If you can answer YES to the following questions, your child has likely reached an appropriate Sleepaway Camp age.
- Can your Child take care of their own basic needs such as bathing and getting dressed? Sleepaway camps have a full staff; however it is expected a Child is capable of personal tasks.
- Are they able to sleep over at friends or family’s homes without fear and anxiety? When attending an overnight Camp, a Child will be away from home. If they show signs of distress while away, it may not be suitable to send them to a Sleepaway Camp.
- Is your child cooperative and able to get along with others? There are several expectations and regulations at Summer Camps. It is vital a Child is able to follow the rules and be a team player at the same time.
- Does your Child have the ability to make independent decisions? Camps are structured positively to increase independent thinking. A Child should be cognitively capable of making beneficial choices and decisions.
Summer Camp Options
Summer Camps are full of adventure and childhood memories. They will meet new friends while learning about themselves. The elements of Camps encourage Children to do their best and have pride in their achievements. If you find your Child is not exactly ready to spend time away from home, Day Camps are a great option to consider. They will ease younger age groups into the dynamics required for Camping success. If they are ready and set to go, you can feel confident your child will have a Spectacular Summer and a memorable experience.