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Expert Advice on Preparation for an Overnight Camp – Part 2

summer camp toronto preparation tips for parentsThis is the second part of preparation tips for parents sending their kids to an overnight camp. For more info, see Expert Advice on Preparation for an Overnight Camp – Part 1

As a part of preparations for an overnight camp, the crucial importance of discussing how to cope with homesickness with your child needs to be especially highlighted. A great addition to this topic – “No pick up deal” section – is explained during 5:00 – 6:03min part of this video. There are high chances that promises like “I’ll pick you up if you will feel homesick” makes homesickness even stronger. Talking with absolute confidence in your child’s ability to spend a couple of weeks away from home – as well as openly discussing that a little homesickness is a natural aspect of an overnight camp – will normalize the feeling of anxiety and reassure your kid.

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Expert Advice on Preparation for an Overnight Camp – Part 1

toronto summer camp preparation tipsThis great resource of camp preparation tips from CampSpirit might be especially helpful for younger campers or first time comers to overnight summer camps.

Check it out – even experienced parents will find some practical advice.

 

A short summary of best preparation-for-camp tips:

  • Involve your kid in camp preparation.
  • Make sure the focus of the camp you’ve chosen (sport, art, leadership) matches both your values and your kid’s interest.
  • Label their stuff properly, check the camp’s requirements on luggage size and packing list.
  • Complete the Health Form – put down all the information you think the camp should know about your child.
  • Arrange some away-from-home time before the summer camp’s session starts- let your kid get used to being without parents in small doses.

The first part of the video emphasizes the life skills building experience at a residential camp. Being a fun place to go to, with all sport, art and leadership classes, DiscoveryLand Camp incorporates character building into every aspect of its program.

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