4 Simple Ways Parents Can Help Kids Have a Great Summer at Camp

For generations of Canadian kids, summer camp has been a rite of passage that they have enjoyed thoroughly. It has helped kids to have fun, make friends, get some exercise, learn new skills, or develop new interests. For two years, summer camps were not organized or virtually organized, and some children forgot about them or never had a taste of them. Now, the summer camps are back, and it's time to restart the fun experience.

If you are a parent who wants their kid to feel normal at the summer camp, here are 4 simple ways a parent can help kids have a great summer at camp.

1.       Communicate Smartly

When you write a letter to your child at a summer camp, don't just tell them that you miss them or how you spent your day. Instead, focus on asking what your kids' day was like, what they did or learned, whether they made any friends, etc. Celebrate their little achievements, help them adjust to failures, and tell them how proud you are of them.

2.       Send Supplies

Another way to support your kid at a summer camp is to buy all the supplies your kid might need and ensure that they are packed properly. If your kid forgets something, send it to the camp address after talking to the person in charge of such matters. Some kids are so shy that they will do without key items instead of asking for help. Don't let that happen to your kid. Talk to their counselors if needed to tell them that your kid has forgotten something, and they will probably help.

3.       Talk About Digital Devices

Most summer camps have strict policies regarding digital devices. They expect the kids to hand over the devices for specific periods. If the summer camp your kid is attending also has such policies, you need to talk to your kid about them and mentally prepare them for the change. You can also set similar rules at home to make them feel less troubled at the camp.

4.       Share About Your Kid in Advance

Each kid is unique, and each parent uses different methods to raise the kid. So, if possible, you should communicate about your kid with the counselors and let them know what your kid likes or dislikes. For instance, if your kid is shy and doesn't make friends easily, let them know so that they can handle your kid accordingly. Similarly, if your kid prefers a treat at the end of the day, tell them so they can arrange the same.

Try This Camp

If you are looking for a summer camp for your kid, you can try the camp found at the Carousel Theatre for Young People on Granville Island. This year marks the debut of Summer Drag Camp. It is led by some of Vancouver's best drag artists, and here kids from ages 7 to 17 can learn to embrace the stage and express their inner diva.






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