Camps can give your child a lot of exposure and experience too. Sending of kids to camp is a great way to not only help them stay on their own but also it goes a long way in teaching kids some natural habitat survival tricks. When sending your kid you camp, you will need to cover a few areas well so that you are able to make the experience good for the child instead of the kid dreading it.
Some tips below will help you in organizing the camp trip for your kid:
- Prepare the kid – The first and most important step to sending your kid off to camp is preparing the child for the experience. Talk to the kid about how camp works. How there will be many other kids there and how the child will learn some great skills like fishing, setting up tent, etc. While it is important that you show your enthusiasm about the camp, do not over glorify it either. If you paint too rosy a picture of camp, the child may be disappointed when the actual experience does not match up.
- Organize camp needs ‘with’ the kid – Apart from the clothes your child will need some other stuff at the camp too. It will help if you pack for the child with the kid participating fully. The child must know where the clothes are, where the first aid is, where the snacks are kept and other such things. The documents (if any) should also be explained to the kid. Remember the whole idea of sending your child to camp is to make the kid more independent, to socialize, and organizing the camp requirements ‘with’ the child instead of ‘for’ the child will work better.
- Emergency help – Now while you do not want to scare your kid, you must prepare him/her for an emergency. Give the child a list of numbers that can be called in case of a problem. Talk to the kid about how to get in touch with someone in case things go out of hand. Since the children are going to be out in the open, these emergency drills help tremendously. You must also let the child know that while you are happy to send him/her to camp, in case of an emergency he/she should not hesitate to call you and that you will be there immediately.
Camping is a fun activity but keep in mind that you must never force it on the child. The trick when sending your kid to camp is to choose the camp and the leadership team wisely. The activities at the camp must be in keeping with your kid’s interest so that the child is able to enjoy the camp fully. For kids who do not like camping for too long, it is best to choose a shorter duration and then slowly and steadily familiarize the child with the idea of camping.