When you have a child headed to summer camp, the sky is the limit for all they can do and enjoy.
That said what kind of experience do you expect your son or daughter to have when summer camp comes calling?
For many kids, the idea of going off to camp in the summertime for a weekend, week or even longer can be quite exciting.
Doing something different than the everyday routine is a reason many kids enjoy camp. There is also the chance to learn new skills and make new friends in the process.
So, if you child will be packing their bags and heading to camp, make sure you do all you can to have it be a great experience.
Fun is Only Beginning
When your child is attending summer camp, here are three tips for them to get the most out of it:
1. Enjoy the moment – Given summer camp can go by at the snap of a finger, be sure your child gets the most out of their time in camp. Sure, there may be a little homesickness at first. That said let your child know before they leave for camp that such a feeling is natural. In fact, if you went to camp when you were a kid, there’s a good chance you felt the same way. By reminding your child to enjoy the moment, chances are they will have a great experience. Before you know it, they may be begging you to return to camp next summer.
2. Pick up new skills – Even though having fun is key, you and your child should view the experience as a learning one. With that in mind, think about the valuable skills developed at summer camp. Those skills can help your child not only in the present, but also in the future. From skills for the classroom to those that will be beneficial in life, remind them to learn.
3. Making friends – Last, what would a great camp experience be without making new friends? Even if your child has a bunch of friends now, he or she benefits from the new connections they make at camp. Encourage your child before they leave for camp to be open to meeting new people. Before long, they may be talking on social media or getting together in-person after camp is over.
Supporting Your Child in the Camp Experience
While it can be difficult for a child to go off to camp for the first time, be as supportive as possible.
Remember, the idea behind going to summer camp in the first place is to learn and have fun at the same time. By being a supportive parent, your child has a better chance of learning and enjoying doing so along the way.
More times than not, a child will return home with a lot of stories to tell and memories that will last for years to come.
In making for a good summer camp experience for your son or daughter, are you ready for the fun and learning to begin?