For some people, summer camp was just something they did for a couple of weeks as a kid but for many, overnight summer camp was much more than that. As someone who has experienced summer camp as both a camper and a counsellor, I can tell you that overnight camp will not only give you a rest but can also change your kid’s life for the better. Summer camp gave me the confidence to be a stay-at-home dad and self-publish a book based on the games and activities that filled my summers as a child. A website was created to promote the book but What To Do With The Kids, whattodowiththekids.com, is now a big part of my professional life and reaches people from around the world. As a kid growing up in a government town, summer camp was a great experience for me and has created some lifelong friends and memories.
We all want our children to be happy and successful in life. Letting them spread their own wings - without us by their side - may be the most effective way to do this. As parents, our job is to give our children the tools they need to go out in the world and discover who they are and what they want to become - their purpose in life. A child can only truly grow if given some freedom and the chance to gain confidence by exploring new ideas and activities.
Kids really look forward to summer camp. But how do you choose the right one? Based on my experience as the parent of a 15-year-old boy, as well as conversations with other parents, I’ve figured out the top six things to consider when choosing the right camp for your kids.
Horseback riding, canoe wars, Frisbee golf, anxiety, loneliness, and stomachaches - summer camp can be a bittersweet mix of fun activities and homesick moments. Separation from parents and home is an important developmental milestone for children, but homesickness can put a real damper on a kid’s experience.
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