Safe Family: Summer camp

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

Your kids may be at or headed to camp this summer. But how do you know if they're really ready for a week away from home? Ryan Loyd explains how you can find out in this Safe Family report.

Summer camp often times means summer fun to your kids. It's a time to meet new friends and try new activities.

But summer camp can also be a scary thing, especially if they've never been away from home before.

"I would say probably not until at least after second or third grade would a child be well versed to go to overnight camp. How does the child do with overnights with friends, with grandparents? Do you get a call in the middle of the night?" says our child expert.

Here are a few ways to tell if your child is ready for a summer camp experience:

Does he or she follow the rules?

Can they dress, bathe, and keep track of belongings?

How can your child handle new situations?

If you're not sure about a week away at camp, maybe try a day camp first.

"Often times, day camps are one way that parents begin to have kids think about sleep away camps. Because I go, I do activities all day, but I come to my own bed."

Camp can be a great experience, but only if your child is ready.

"I would reduce any kind of talk of ‘I’m going to miss you so much. I wish you weren't going.’ but rather, join in the excitement with the child."

After a little confidence, self-assurance, and preparation, camp can be the rewarding development time it was meant to be.

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