It’s what many of us— myself included— think of as some of the best memories of summers spent sitting around campfires, learning new skills, and forming new friendships outside the realm of our family environments.
A child’s first experience with summer camp can be an exciting time. There are new friends to meet, new activities to try, and the memories to make that will last a lifetime. It can also be a time of great anxiety, though, for both kids and parents. As a parent who might be thinking about summer camp as a possibility for your child this year, you’re likely have many questions:
What type of camp is my little one ready for?
How will he handle the inevitable homesickness?
And what do I need to do to prepare, anyway?
Since the summer camp registration season is just around the corner, I’ve asked Katie Hurley, child and adolescent psychotherapist and author of Practical Parenting, and Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association, to give us some tips on how best to prepare.
Has your child gone to summer camp? Leave your tips in the comments!
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