For Parents

7 tips for First your child attending camp

First time going anywhere for any child can be unnerving for some...

Preparing for camp at home will help prevent homesickness and ensure a successful summer camp experience.

Here are 7 tips for preparing your child for camp...

1. pick a camp together

Involve the child in the process of selecting the camp. This will help them feel like it was their choice to be there.


2. answer the question:  what will it be like?

Pre-load the camp experience. Tell your child what they can expect. Talk about what a regular day at camp looks like, contact your camp and /or Camp Director and get some details. 

3. Go for a tour

Learn about the camp with your child. If it is possible, visit the camp so they know what it looks like. Look at their website with your child, view activities, photos, and facilities.

4. give them some reassurance

Do not schedule any special family events while your child is away or they might feel like they’re missing out. Let them know their camp counsellor will make sure they’re safe and cared for. Ask camp staff about the camp schedule and pre-arrange for your camper to call home on certain days

(if it is allowed ~ check before you make the promise!)

5. homesickness

Do not promise your camper that they can phone to be picked up anytime they want. Instead, encourage your camper to see this week as a challenge, and remind them that you will be very proud of them for making it through the week.

6. they have an awesome cabin leader!

Encourage them to talk with their cabin leader if they are feeling sad or having a problem, and remind them that staff will contact you if they think it is necessary.

7. build the excitement! 

Get excited with your camper and help them prepare! Mark the camp dates on your calendar and talk about it often.

it will be a great experience!

Going to summer camp is a big step for kids and parents, but the benefits will last a lifetime. Your child will practice independence, make new friends, learn new things, and experience positive growth.