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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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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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8 Questions to Answer Before Making an Overnight Summer Camp Decision for Your Child

When you are making an overnight (sleepover) camps decision, the most important questions are: “is my child ready for the overnight summer camp?” “is it in his/her best interest?”

By answering the following questions you might get better arguments for your decision:

-Do you think that the overnight summer camp that you choose is a good opportunity for your child:

  1. to develop and improve his/her social and communication skills?
  2. to gain a unique life experience? to learn new valuable skills?
  3. to enjoy favorite programs or activities? to try new activities that he/she dreamed of?
  4. Is it a best way to solve a child care question?
  5. Will the kid receive at least 60 minutes of structured physical activity most days of the camp session?
  6. Does you child like overnight experiences with friends or family members?
  7. Does you child like adventure?
  8. Does you child usually enjoy new experience?

If you answered “yes” to more that half of the questions, it looks like your child is ready for a successful camp experience.

It’s really helpful if you got such a great experience during your childhood and can share the best memories with your kid.

If your child is not certain to commit to a camp (which is common, if he or she come alone without sibling or friend), gentle encouragement is usually the key. Show the camp website, brochures, pictures and discuss the list of activities. Sometimes the child is ready and willing to go to a camp, but you have some concerns. Again, if you are first time camp parent, or are sending your child to this particular camp for the first time, it’s natural to worry. Remember that it’s always better to talk to the camp’s staff than to share your concerns with the child.

Looking for overnight summer camps in Canada, Ontario, not far from Toronto? Summer camp with life lasting benefits? DiscoveryLand Camp: 59 fun filled programs for kids and teens. Leadership, sports, art, and weight management.

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