Summer Camp can be a wonderful experience for children during their youth years. They can grow emotionally and spiritually during their stay. However, it can also be a scary experience for some children.
Here are a few tips that will help your child have a wonderful experience at camp:
- Learn the focus of the camp, and pray for your child’s spiritual and personal needs.
- Help your child pack and double-check the camp check-list. Your child will know where everything is located in their suitcase.
- Get to know the camp officials and chaperones. Introduce your child to them. I personally will not allow my children to go on a youth trip unless there is a chaperone that I personally know.
- Talk about What if’s situations for different unexpected events. Role play different scenarios. Discuss bullying.
- Discuss the communication policies with your children. Have addressed envelopes with stamps in their suitcase.
- Openly discuss homesickness with your child. This is very common and most camp officials are trained in this area to console your child.
- Send a family picture or a little photo album with the child for when they get homesick.
- Talk about baptism openly with your child. Request that they inform you before they make the life changing decision.
- Pack a Bible and share some of your favorite verses with your child. This will be a keepsake for them.
Are your children attending summer camp this year?