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Parental Wisdom. First Time Away From Home

parental advise sending child to overnight summer campYour child is going to overnight camp for the first time?

  • Do encourage your child to go on sleepovers to grandparents, friends and relatives before the camp.
  • It’s might be a good idea to help your child to become more independent and daily involve him or her in different chores, such as shopping, making the bed, and organizing belongings.
  • Do encourage your child to come to camp with his/her favorite toy.
  • Do not tell your children that they can come home after a week if they do not like something. It sends the negative message that the camp is only for a week and no matter how good of a time they are having they will say they want to come home after the first week. Just say, “I am sending you because I know you will like it there. If after the session you do not like something then we can discuss it and think of alternatives”. If your child is committed to finish the session, he or she has a better chance of experiencing success and meeting goals. On the other hand, promising your child that he or she can leave whenever they want may encourage him or her to test this, or give up easily instead of gaining valuable life lessons.
  • Do not repeat over and over again how much you will miss your child. Just say, “I love you, and can’t wait to hear about your new friends and activities”.
  • Having a friend or sister/brother at the camp is a sense of comfort for the first time camper.
  • Do not expect everything to be wonderful. Young first time campers tend to want home when they suddenly think about it. This is normal, as they are not used to having people other then Mom and Dad close by. You cannot imagine how easy they forget their fears and relax. And they will learn the greatest benefit of camp: that they can be more independent and with the assistance of other adults solve their own problems.
  • Be realistic. Like the rest of life, camp will probably have its high and low points. Make sure your child does not feel pressured to succeed at camp.

DiscoveryLand Camp will give you the 5i experience- 5 Improvements in: Leadership, Health, Sport, Confidence, Creative Thinking; while having fun in overnight summer camp near Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Get Ready For Camp: DiscoveryLand Camp Rules And Preparation Tips

Camp Rules

Going to an overnight camp is an important step in formation of your child’s independence skills. Following these reasonable and simple rules will help you and your child to have a safe and enjoyable summer time.

Instructors at our camp will discuss all the points mentioned below with campers, but your cooperation is highly appreciated and it’s vitally important that you discuss each point with your child before camp starts.

1. Hygiene. Ask your child to follow the same hygienic routine that he/she has at home: brushing teeth, shower, etc.

2. Discipline. Discipline is a matter of your child safety. Please discuss every point of the Camp policy related to safety with your child to make sure he/she fully understands it:

For the safety and enjoyment of all participants during the session, any camper who violates this policy, as listed below, or violates any other serious rule or policy, or any camper who jeopardizes the safety or contentment of others or themselves can be dismissed from camp and parents will have to pick up the camper. Please note that such dismissal is in the sole discretion of the Camp Director and such camper will not be entitled to a refund. The following are examples of inappropriate behavior:

  • Verbal or physical abuse of other participants or instructors;
  • Systematic disruptive behavior;
  • Systematic disregard of the instructor’s directions;
  • Use of alcohol or drugs, smoking;
  • Theft or conversion of the camp’s or other person’s property to their own use;
  • Any damage of camp’s or other person’s property or facilities;
  • Sneaking out of the tents at night time.

3. Night time (from 10.30 PM to 8.00 AM) is for rest and recovering. Any disturbing noise at this period will be dealt with according to Camp policy.

4. Phone communication and Visitors. Remember that a little homesickness is normal and even healthy. It is a common occurrence for many youths and our staff is trained to deal with this issue. For the overall enjoyment and pleasure of both your child and other camp participants, like almost all Canadian overnight camps, we do not encourage parental visits. Exceptions: campers pick up/delivery and registration for more than 2 weeks. For the same reason, we don’t have direct communication between campers and parents. Exception is birthdays. Parents are allowed to call the camp every day at due time and speak to camp staff. Your call might be answered at another time during the day, as all camp staff is engaged with camp activities constantly. Please respect and make sure that your child also understands this policy.

Preparation for overnight camp: advice for parents

  • Involve you child every step of the way so there are no surprises. Begin packing several weeks in advance to avoid last minute shopping trips or scrambles to find that ‘must-have’ favorite shirt.
  • Don’t buy a brand-new clothes. While one or two new items are fine, camp life can be a bit rough on clothing.
  • Please make sure your child brings waterproof shoes/running shoes, a sleeping bag, raincoat and water bottle. For the full list of things to bring and packing tips, please check what to pack info. A small backpack is good for caring around a water bottle and swimming stuff. It’s important to wear a sun hat and to use sunscreen while being on the beach.
  • Check your child’s hair for head lice or ensure your child gets treatment before starting camp.
  • Transportation. Please make sure your child has had lunch before boarding the bus because the bus will do only one stop for snack in order to keep the trip to camp short. Snacks and water will be provided during the trip, but you might want to pack a water bottle and your child’s favourite snack in a small backpack that will go on the bus with him/her.

So good-bye lazy days of internet suffering, at least for the summer!

Hello rock climbing, kayaking, swimming, basketball, soccer, archery, disco, starry nights, and more activities in the big real world close to nature.

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