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Should Your Child Help You Choose a Summer Camp?

Mar 27, 2018 12:00 AM

Summer is one of the most wonderful and care-free seasons of the year. School-aged kids look forward to having a well-deserved summer break from a demanding school year. Additionally, some parents, especially those who have experienced summer camp, want their children to have a camp experience as well. Many parents have fond memories of attending camp; in fact, many went to the same camp every summer growing up. Since you had such a wonderful experience at camp, you probably want your child to grow up with that as well.

But, is it wise for parents to force their kids to attend camp? Or should youngsters have a say in which camp they’d like to go to? Well, much of it depends on your child. Some children have an adventurous nature and may see camp as an exciting new place to explore, learn, and easily meet new friends. On the other hand, some children are introverts and leaving the security of home can be a scary thought for them. So, what are the best ways to approach this with your kids?

Well, according to the website, VeryWellFamily.com (https://www.verywellfamily.com/should-kids-choose-their-summer-camp-4135279),

“involving children in the camp decision will help them feel more excited about their summer plans. Kids feel more connected to the activities they choose…In order to ensure that your child has a positive experience at camp, parents should talk to their child about their wants, desires, and fears.”

The following are some things to remember when your child helps you chose their summer camp:

· Depending on your child’s temperament, you may want to limit what kind of camp they attend. For example, if your child is outgoing and adventurous, as mentioned above, a sleep-away camp might be just what they are ready for. However, if your child is painfully shy, maybe introducing them to a day camp would be a more positive experience than an overnight camp. A local day camp is a great place to start and will ease them into the camp experience.

· Your youngster’s age and maturity level also play a significant role in their readiness for camp. Is your child independent, or do they still rely on you to help them with their daily activities? These will also impact your child’s overall camp experience, because if they are dependent on you too much, they may have a difficult time at camp. Conversely, the opposite could also prove to be true. Your youngster may be dependent on you at home but learn that they can be self-sufficient at camp.

· Knowing your child’s activity level and interests are also important when it comes to letting them help chose a summer camp. There are many kinds of camps, such as music and art camps, to athletic and science camps. So, find what you child likes and look for a camp that focus on that!

While kids cannot make some of the initial camp decisions, like choosing a camp that you’re your budget, and reviewing the camps in general, once you have selected the final prospects, your child can help you make the final decision. By including your kids in the decision-making process, they will feel empowered and valued as an individual. Acknowledging their feelings and allowing them to help you choose their camp may also help reduce their fear and uncertainty about attending camp. So, go ahead and let your child have a say in the camp they want to visit.

Is your youngster interested in science or technology? Why not sign them up for our summer camp program here at Mad Science. Visit our website or give us a call!


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