The first summer you send your kids off to the most amazing adventure they will hold close to their hearts forever will bring many emotions. As much joy as this can bring you and them, it also brings feelings of nervousness and anxiety.
The Boston Globe recently spoke with some camp directors, their insight is spot on. They talk about how camp is a terrific, safe place for kids to try out new things. “Risk taking is what promotes growth, whether in business or in life,” says Bud Copeland, director of membership and engagement at the American Camp Association’s New England chapter.
The American Camp Association is constantly working with camp directors and their staff on improving the quality of their camp. At their latest staff training conference, they discussed friendship skills (one of our favorite topics). Their findings were amazing. The similarities that experts say is the secret to a longer life is what CAMP gives. Just to name a few:
We share so many articles that help parents and campers get ready for camp, but what about preparing to leave camp? For many campers it’s a huge transition leaving their “Happy Place” and coming home. “Camp Sick” is real! Our friends at Scary Mommy wrote an article and nailed it! We couldn’t agree more.
Camp is a magical place kids go to for the summer. They may try new adventures, meet new friends, and explore the outdoors. But the campers also go to “unplug”. Yes, the campers actually look forward to putting their phones down for the week or the entire summer.
Most overnight camps, even the ones that offer STEM or Math programs, do not allow campers to have cell phones. Same rules apply for most counselors, no phones in the bunks or on camp.
We spoke to some campers and they say they don’t even miss their phones and actually look forward to “the phone break”. It’s the parents that have a harder time not being able to communicate with their kids at any time of the day. Allowing our kids to “unplug” forces them to make new friends, enjoy their surroundings, and communicate with each other.
It’s refreshing to hear the campers welcome the “No Phone” rule and look forward to it. Read more HERE.
We have over 500 ways we can help your child “unplug. Contact The Camp Lady today!
Our friends over at Scary Mommy have written amazing articles about CAMP. From being a first-time camp parent to analyzing those daily camp photos. They recently shared tips on how to welcome home your camper and they are right on point! This article is Camp Lady APPROVED.
YES, we have all been in that “over-analyzing” state when scrolling the camp pictures at least once. Ok, maybe more than once. Today, we are sharing Meredith Gordon thoughts as she has summed up the feeling pretty well and how to overcome it.
We love to share camp experiences from parents that have once been campers or who are experiencing camp for the first time through their kids. Whatever their camp story, this time is truly special, you’re saying “goodbye for 7 weeks… hello memories for life”. We had to share Melissa’s story, from her own camp story to experiencing it as a parent, we couldn’t agree with her thoughts more. Check it out here. As do our campers, we truly live 10 for 2!
…this is a must read! We share so many articles that help parents and campers get ready for camp, but what about preparing to leave camp? Posted in the Huffington Post by Shira Taylor Gura, creator of the S.T.U.C.K method, she shows us how our campers feel leaving their “Happy Place”, camp! Click here to read the full article.
It’s an exciting time for you and your camper, their first year at overnight camp. We have a few ideas to help them get excited about camp and stay excited.
Gift giving makes everyone smile. Plan for a few family members or family friends to send a camp related gift before camp starts. Something special, personalized and unique. A few of our families give personalized pillows & blankets. Check out some of the latest camp gift trends like Ga-Ga gloves, personalized clothing, and bunk games.
The more, the better! Get a list of campers in your child’s age group and see who lives close by. Scheduling a group playdate for ice cream or roller skating will be a blast. The more people your first-time camper gets to meet before the first day of camp the less anxious they will feel. If you can’t schedule an actual playdate, schedule a facetime meet & greet.
Sealed & Delivered
Many of the camps suggest sending a letter a week before camp starts. Campers love receiving mail and will love it even more if they have mail waiting for them. Remember, they call it “snail mail” for a reason. Leave plenty of time for the letter to get to camp.
It’s that time to get organized, don’t worry we’re here to help. Here are just a few of our favorite Summer packing tips:
Be in the know. Get to know any camp regulations regarding bunk items.
Include pre-stamped envelopes or pre-addressed postcards, we promise you’ll get more letters this way.
Label all of your items with your child’s name. Triple check everything!
Home items, make sure your child packs pictures and fun items that remind them of home. You want their “camp home” to feel cozy. Especially the bed, order mattress pads or egg crates for the extra comfort.
Send a letter to your child at camp before camp begins, tell other family members to do the same.
Pack with your kids. Let them see what you are packing so when they get to camp they had an idea of what was in their bag. Show them you packed specific shoes for certain sports or where the extra batteries are tucked away. Most camps will unpack the younger campers for them, so when they arrive their area is all set up. It’s still a good idea for them to know what was packed.
Pack Smart. Protect breakable items such as a tennis racket, make sure its protected. Pack it between bed sheets or towels for extra cushion. Find out what bunk cubbies or under the bed storage your camper is allowed to bring. Make sure they are collapsible and durable, it’s best to utilize them when packing. For example, pack items inside of the bins such as smaller or personal items. You could also add a packing list inside the duffle, this helps the counselors and your camper to know what was packed.
Don’t Forget. Take a deep breath and take a picture of your camper sitting on their duffel. It’s officially the first photo of the camp season!
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