IS MY YOUNGER CHILD
READY FOR SLEEP-AWAY CAMP?
camp is very exciting for our younger campers (7, 8, 9 years old); they do
very well and have a great time. How do you know if your young child
is ready for camp?
One of the most important
indicators is what your child says. Children who initiate
conversations about sleep-away camp and ask questions are often ready for
the experience. Children who only talk about it in response to
questions from their parents and show no interest or excitement may be
nervous about the experience and perhaps not yet ready.
Many younger children, though,
can't even imagine what camp might be like so they don't know what to ask
about camp or what to think about it. That's why Campus Kids offers
individual family tours instead of large group tours of camp. Your
family can come to camp on
a Saturday or Sunday for a private hour with one of our directors.
It's a friendly, low-key time to walk around the site while we describe
everything that happens at camp, show you the facilities and answer your
questions. We never pressure a child to tell us if they want to come
to camp or not. You and your child get the answers to all of your
questions and then go home to talk about your decision. You probably
will have a much better sense after the tour about how your young child
feels about sleep-away camp. And we can give you feedback based on our
experience. We want you to do what is best for your child. If
this turns out not be the year for sleep-away camp, that's fine. Most
important, in our view, is that child and parents both feel comfortable with
Campus Kids, as the "weekday
sleep-away camps", can be the perfect way for younger children to get
started at sleep-away camp. Being at camp on the weekdays and home on
the weekends is often just right for the first experience living away from
home. Counselors for our younger groups are selected for their
sensitivity to the younger child's needs and they provide the attention and
nurturing that helps these children adjust to their new independence and
have lots of fun.
Camp is exciting for everyone,
but it has a special excitement for the younger campers because so much is
new and there is adventure in everything. Because our campers choose
their own activities, these younger campers usually try out lots of
different activities. And we let campers call home once a day, which
means they can speak with their parents for a few minutes to tell them about
their day at camp. (Note: at Campus Kids-Minisink, phone calls
home are once or twice a week. Campers can make daily calls at our NJ camp.)
What ages are the younger
campers at Campus Kids?
In recent summers our youngest
groups have been as follows:
(NY, cabin camp)
separate bunk groups for 8-year-olds, 9-year-olds and 10-year-olds. A
few 7-year-olds are also members of the youngest groups.
Campus Kids-NJ (campus camp)
-- the youngest groups have been combined 8- and 9-year olds (entering 3rd &
4th grades). There are separate groups for 10-year-olds. Occasionally a
7-year-old who is ready for camp joins our youngest group.
The younger campers at both Campus Kids camps do very well. The key is having lots of
communication between camp and family ahead of time to help you
decide if this is the year for your child to start sleep-away camp.
WANT TO TALK ABOUT CAMP?
Don't hesitate to call us toll-free.
Campus Kids-NJ: 800-633-7350
Campus Kids-Minisink (NY): 888-621-2267