The benefits of a week at camp are numerous. Campers are given an opportunity to develop independence, decision making skills, self-confidence and esteem, and above all forge life-long friendships. If you are sending your child to camp chances are you also went to camp as a kid and loved it. Whether your child has been to camp before or not, there are several things you can do to make this a successful week for your child.
Talking it Up!
- If you have experience at Camp Okema or another camp, talk about your camp experience and tell your camper about the fun you had.
- Talk about the exciting activities to try at camp. Encourage your camper to keep an open mind and be ready to try new games, crafts, and skills.
- Talk about the camp staff and remind your camper that staff are fun, caring people, there to help them have a great week and make camp a great experience for them.
What if I have trouble?
Many campers are nervous about going to camp, especially if it is their first time. Here are some ways to calm your child's nerves
- Have your child practice staying overnight at a friend or relative's house, so that camp is not their first time away from home without you. This helps to build confidence and a sense of security.
- Encourage your camper to express exactly what it is they are nervous about (i.e., missing home). Assure them that the camp staff will be with them to encourage them throughout the week. If you have special concerns, make sure to communicate these with camp staff when you arrive.
- Send them with a friend! It's easier to try coming to camp for the first time with someone they know and trust.
- Look into volunteer opportunities for yourself or another trusted adult to join your child at camp. We are always looking for more people to join us!