Ask just about anyone you know that went to Summer Camp as a kid and they’ll likely tell you that their best memories were made at Camp…Summer Camps are an amazing opportunity for kids to make new friends, learn new skills, gain some independence, and have fun!
But the question of readiness is one that a lot of parent struggle with. Here’s a few things to consider before sending your kid off to summer camp:
Firstly, most camps are age restrictive and generally the minimum age is 3+, most camps require kids to be potty-trained, so be prepared for this question when you register your little one.
Secondly, a good question to ask yourself as a parent is whether or not your child is ready to be away from home overnight. This is something you can work on, and kids that are used to being in day care will probably be more comfortable with but you want this to be a positive experience for your child so definitely try some overnights away before hand – sleepovers with friends and/or family are a great way to test your child’s readiness.
Lastly discuss going to summer camp with your child. Get them involved in the selection process and talk to them about what kinds of things they would like to participate in this summer. Find out where their friends are going too, going away for the first time is always a little easier with a buddy!