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We will be sending our 8-year-old off to church camp for a week this summer. Since it is his first year, we are opting for day camp. He is a friendly little guy, so I think he will be OK socially. However, I want to prepare him for what to expect ahead of time as he does not like the unexpected.
What were some highlights for your kids? Were there any challenges that I should talk to him about? Was there a daily routine that I could familiarize him with?
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What an exciting time for your son. I have some great memories from camps and even friendships that have now stood the test of time. I think including the child in the planning and packing process will help him to feel prepared. Read the notices together about what to pack and what the activities will include. This way he can feel empowered and a part of the process. I hope he has a great time.
We sent our 8-year-old to sleep away camp for 2 weeks! It was amazing for him and terrifying (but yes, also amazing) for us. We over-prepared because we wouldn't be seeing him for a full 14 days. If you are talking about day camp, I definitely wouldn't stress out about it. Day camp is basically a more fun school experience. Just make sure you pay attention to any list that the camp might send out of items he needs him to bring. Our checklist was long and overwhelming. I'm sure the day camp's list will be less so.
Hope he has a blast! (He will!)
Hopefully, your 8-year-old will have tons of fun at camp. Studies have shown that camp for children has loads of positive and lasting benefits, so it seems like you are making a great choice for your boy.
Although I do not have any particulars on the day to day routine, the American Camp Association (ACA) Camp Impact Study relates the following benefits of attending camp for children:
"Opportunities for experiential learning and living
Meaningful interactions with camp staff, who are often people campers relate to
Meaningful interactions with peers, both in small group living and in collaborative activities
Camp activities that are fun and capture campers’ interests
Separation from the home environment"
For the actual study, here is the link. https://www.acacamps.org/resource-library/camping-magazine/acas-youth-impact-study#:~:text=ACA%E2%80%99s%20Youth%20Impact%20Study%20is%20a%20five-year%20research,of%20camp%2C%20particularly%20those%20related%20to%20social-emotional%20learning.
I hope that your guy has a great time and makes lasting memories.