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Published on May 30, 2014

Is Your Kid Ready for Summer Camp?

Determine if your child is ready for camp away from home this summer by asking these quick questions.

As the school year comes to an end and the days finally start to warm up, you may be wondering how to make the most of your child’s summer break. Summer camps have many benefits for children. Camp teaches kids valuable social skills, plus the break from technology encourages them to read, make crafts, write in journals, cook meals around the campfire and play games outside. But sending a child to an overnight summer camp is a big decision, so you’ll want to be sure yours is ready.

Your kid is all set to embark on a summer adventure in the woods if he or she:

  • Does well at sleepovers
  • Has friends at home and is capable of making new friends
  • Can shower and dress without help
  • Can make independent decisions, like activity choices and meal selections
  • Is curious and willing to try new things

You might hesitate to send your child to camp if your kid is shy, wets the bed or is a picky eater. But these issues do not mean he or she can’t enjoy time away from home. There are alternative options like short-session camps, specialty camps for children with extra needs and day camps. He or she might just need a little extra preparation and practice.

Remember you can always speak to the camp director about your concerns. Camp professionals are trained to deal with situations like these, and they are there to help. Signing up with a friend might make the transition easier on your child.

What advice do you have for first-time campers? Share your tips here.

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