For a young child, being away from their parents for a night or two can be difficult. Turn this time period into weeks, and some children can’t handle the separation.
Camp is supposed to be a fun experience, so how do you know if your child is ready or if it’s simply too soon?
1. Your child Enjoyed looking at the Camp’s website
Asking a child out of the blue if they are ready for overnight camp is not practical. Odds are they will toss out an impulse answer, similar to the “yes” given for candy or the prompt “no” muttered for that healthy serving of vegetables.
Have your child look at the camp’s website prior to enrollment.
Point out things they might be interested in and explain why those experiences are fun. And if they show interest in the camp, you’ll get a much clearer answer on if they are ready.
2. Your Child Responds Positively to Sleepovers
Setting up an overnight playdate before camp starts is a great way to see if your kid is ready. All of the major principles are there: being away from home, a new environment, doing fun new activities, and being somewhat independent.
After a sleepover, ask your child about their experience. Did they have fun? Would they be interested in repeating the process? Are they excited to talk about it?
If the answer is yes, introduce the topic of camp. Then compare the experience to the sleepover and use the opportunity to start making plans for summer camp.
3. Your Child has a Specific Interest that Matches the Camp
All children are different.
When your child is truly passionate about the focus of a camp, then they’re much more likely to want to stay overnight for the experience.
4. Your Child Actually Asked about Overnight Camp
Not all signs are complicated. Sometimes, the best signs come clearly from your child.
If your child is asking about camp, then it’s a good sign that they’re showing the early enthusiasm necessary to make the trip away from home. Let them know what overnight camp entails, and if they’re still interested, then you have a good chance they’ll enjoy camp.
Of course, life is not always that simple. But these four signs will help you determine whether or not your child is ready to stay away from home for overnight camp. And once they do, they can begin forming memories for the rest of their life.