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The right time: Gauging your child's readiness for camp

Questions for parents considering summer camp.

Answering these questions will help you determine when your child is ready for camp:

  • What is your child's age? Children under age 7 may not adjust easily to being away from home. Consider the day camp experience to prepare them for a future overnight camp.
  • How did your child become interested in camp? Does your child talk about camp and camp activities on a sustained basis? How much persuasion is necessary from you?
  • Has your child had positive overnight experiences away from home? Visiting relatives or friends? Were these separations easy or difficult?
  • What does your child expect to do at camp? Learning about the camp experience ahead of time allows you to create positive expectations.
  • Are you able to share consistent and positive messages about camp? Your confidence in a positive experience will be contagious.

© 2005 American Camp Association Inc. Founded in 1910, the American Camp Association is a national community of camp professionals and is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults through the camp experience.


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