Mar 24, 2018

Tips for a great week at Camp Perkins!

Category: News
Posted by: signe
Ready for CAMP!Now that you have chosen the best summer camp for your child, it is time to prepare for a wonderful summer full of fun, new friends and exciting experiences. Whether this is your child's first time attending a summer camp or he or she is a seasoned veteran, preparation is important for a positive camp experience. To help your child have a successful time at camp this summer...
  • Practice with overnights at a friends house: One method to combat potential homesickness is to start practicing with overnight stays at a friends house. Let them pack their own overnight bag so they know what they have. Avoid giving them an out... in other words, don't say, "Call me anytime and I'll come get you." It isn't that you wouldn't do that, but saying that can plant that seed. Instead, say things that get them excited for the experience. 
  • Consider arranging for a first-time camper to attend with a close friend. Another method is to recruit a friend to attend camp with them. If the buddy is close in age and signed up for the same program, they can room together in the same cabin. You can even use our registration system to send the invitation. 
  • It is FINE, and sometimes more fun, to have a "fresh start" by coming on your own. If your child is coming alone, assure them that the camp counselors will make every effort to help them adjust and make new friends! The first activities the counselors lead are get-acquainted activities. Through these activities, the counselors and campers get to know each other.
  • Don't buy a brand-new wardrobe. While one or two new items are fine, camp life can be a bit rough on clothing. Children, especially first-timers, will also find "old favorites" reassuring when away from home. Consider writing the name of your child in important clothes, especially for young campers. Review the Summer Camp Info with the packing list and what to bring. 
  • Spend time talking to your child about what camp will be like and listen to any fears and concerns. Remind your child that apprehension and homesickness are perfectly normal feelings. Scroll through our Virtual Tour on Facebook. Watch the videos of Camp Perkins on YouTube to help them see some of the videos on our YouTube Channel - Camp Perkins Summer Adventure.
Be on the look-out for our next Summer Camp Prep tips on how to prevent the "H" word!

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