Summer Camps; a Respite for Children
There is nothing more pleasurable to children than to play without any obstruction or hindrance. But their study schedules deter them from doing so. It is the summer camp that gives them a great respite from the monotony of a routine life at schools and at homes.
‘Come Summer’ and your children would be eager, excited and thrilled to spend some time at a Summer Camp. What’s more pleasurable to you than to see your children pleased and enjoying in a summer camp. And if you are with them, you can have a nostalgic feeling of your own childhood days.
Why Should You Choose a Summer Camp for Children?
Socialization is most important for the mental and psychological development of your children. Think of how much time your children spend in schools and how many opportunities they get for socialization in a restricted environment. Even when they are at home, they are in a controlled environment and may not get the right opportunity for socializing.
It is here that summer camps become a necessity for your children. Besides getting many of their skills honed up, they get ample opportunities for socialization in a free and independent environment. They thus prepare themselves to be more resilient, self-reliant, adaptable and self-confident. At the same time, they get opportunities for establishing their self-identity; other than of their parents.
Would you not like to see your children growing, behaving and acting like you?
If you are with the children in a summer camp, you can enjoy the most by watching a replica of your ‘self’ in a miniature form, in your children. As you know, leadership is one of the most important qualities that are essential for success in the later life of your children.
Some children who are adventurous by nature may be eager, and self-prepared to attend the summer camps. Yet others may feel constrained and nervous to participate in a summer camp. In any case, you need to be aware of certain tips that would aid in making the summer camps effective and beneficial for your children.
The subsequent are the top 10 guidelines for you:
1. Prepare Your Child
If it is the first time for your child, he may feel awkward and apprehensive to be in a completely new environment. You may make him acquainted with a strange and open environment by exposing him for a day or two in your own backyard, at night. Tell him all about the summer camp and how it will be fun and pleasurable for him. He should be mentally prepared.
2. Make the Right Choice of the Campsite
By doing online research, you can identify different sites of campgrounds, which should be not very far away from your residence. You may carry a tent with you. Your child can enjoy more if it has a playground or pool or lake or even a waterfall nearby.
3. Packaging the Essentials
Make out a list of essential materials you like to carry with you. These may include a tent, sunglass, flashlight, sleeping bags, compass, and first-aid supplies, cutting and cooking tools, a fire-starting kit, and his favorite games, extra clothing. Make your child involved while packaging these things, so that your child further prepares himself mentally and start enjoying from the initiation of the trip.
4. Acclimatizing Your Child
Instead of trivializing your child’s concern and offering glib reassurances, show him that you have empathy for him and acknowledge his concern. Keep conversing with him and evoke his curiosity for camping outside his home. Ask him often how he is feeling
5. Take a Hike
Your child can enjoy better if exposed to nature and hiking will be the best option for that. He would like to collect things like well-structured rocks, nuts or even leaves. Collect those things in a nature bag. To make the trip enjoyable, take a camera and allow your child to take different snaps.
6. Keep Safe
You should take care to see to it that your child is fully safe and secured and is not exposed to any risk environment. If he runs after a butterfly or intending to see a skunk or goes to the bathroom at night, never forget to accompany him. Keep your child away from bugs or snakes.
7. Share Your Formative Experiences
You may make a reflection of your own formative experience for being away from home and camping in open spaces. You can share your childhood experience with your child so that he gets more enthused for participating in the camp You may narrate him about your own experience.
8. Keep Your Anxiety to Yourself
When your child is going to summer camp, without you accompanying him, you may be quite worried about his safe camping and safe return. But keep your anxiety to yourself, lest your child changes his mind. He may even be afraid of going without your company. Let him feel that you are taking it easy
9. Free Socialization with Peers
Give your child full scope for socializing with his peers so that he knows how to interact and behave in a group and new environment. He should be allowed to participate in group activities so that his leadership qualities could be manifested. He should be left to take his own decision so that he becomes more self-reliant and confident.
Share Your Experience
In a summer camp, your child may have a variety of experience; good, bitter and pleasant. After he returns back from the camp, ask him about his experience and encourage him to narrate every experience in details and ask him what impressed him the most. That would encourage him to be well-prepared for his next summer camp.
Participation in a summer camp is the best mean of ‘initiation’ for a healthy social life for your child. Therefore, you should take every care to see that besides enjoying and making fun, your child should learn what social life is.
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