1. Visit the camp first, if at all possible, and meet the camp director.
2. Talk to other families who have gone to the camp in years past to familiarize yourself with what goes on.
3. Have your child spend a weekend with a friend. No phone calls. Talk about it with your child afterwards. How did your child feel the second night?
4. Go over the daily schedule with your child so there are no surprises. Learn as much as you can about camp life.
5. Teach your child how to care for him/herself. Children need to know how to select appropriate clothing, make a bed with clean sheets, put clothes away, set a table, carry out chores and handle laundry.
6. Problem solve with your child by using “what if” situations to prepare for unexpected events. What if you lose your baseball glove? What if you don’t get along with another child? What if you don’t feel well? Let your child brainstorm for solutions and make sure they know the “chain of command” at camp for handling problems.
7. Homesickness is fairly common. Missing home, parents, pets or friends is pretty normal. It is part of growing up and leaving home. Speak openly about it and your child will experience these feelings with less anxiety and more understanding. Camp staff is trained to help your child through these ups and downs.
9. Send letters to your child before camp begins so mail is waiting when he/she arrives. Source: offtocamp.com