Do you wonder if your child is ready for the fun and adventure of summer camps? While every child is different, here are a few signs your little one may be ready for camp this summer.
1. Shows Interest in Summer Camp
Did your child pick up an interest in summer camps recently? When you mentioned the idea of camping, what was your child’s reaction? Did he feel excited or did he react with hesitancy? Children who are excited and interested in summer camps have a better chance of success with their first outing.
2. Successful Overnight Stays Away from Home
Kids who have already been away overnight tend to have a positive camp experience. Many kids feel homesick when they’re away from home. However, if your child enjoys spending time with friends and relatives outside the home, it can help ensure the camping experience is fun and exciting. They can adapt to their new environment without much difficulty.
If, on the other hand, your child hasn’t slept away from home, the transition might be a bit difficult. One way to make the transition easier is by starting with a day camp. This way, your child knows what to expect when they eventually sign up for overnight summer camps.
3. Is Your Child Eager to Try Something New?
Summer camps are a great way for your child to learn new things. There’s something new to learn and try on a daily basis. You can see the traits of a successful camper when your child is eager to try new things and embrace new opportunities.
No doubt, the reserved child will also enjoy the adventures of summer camps, but that child may have difficulty adjusting to the new environment. Start with a day camp for the timid or reserved child for the first few years.
4. Confidence in New Situations
Whether it’s participating in a dance class or a karate activity, odds are your child will have a successful camp experience if he is confident in new situations. In such case, they can handle anything that comes their way.
5. Bathe without Extra Hand
As a parent, you can’t follow your child to summer camp. This means there will be no parent to help with bath time duty. If your child can wash his body and brush his teeth without help, it’s an indication that your little adventurer is ready for summer camp. Kids learn many things while in camp, including personal hygiene and nutrition.
6. Knows How to Swim
Most Ontario summer camps usually involve water sports activities like swimming and kayaking. If you decide to sign up for a camp that offers any of these activities, you want to be sure your little adventurer can get involved.
7. Eager to Make New Friends
Summer camps are a perfect time to make friends and meet new people. If your child doesn’t shy away from making new friends, then he is ready for a summer adventure away from home. Also, if your child can easily make conversation with other kids, they are likely to increase their friend base while camping.
If your child has most or all of these qualities, then he is ready for summer camp. If otherwise, then you may want to wait a little longer or sign up for day camps.