Home Schooled Kids Need Summer Camp
Regardless, of no age, grade level or religious background. Home School Summer Camps provide a place where children can be self-reliant, which we all know is a major part of growing up. Councilors take the place of parent for a few short weeks, modeling perseverance, listening, teamwork and appreciation of differences. This helps children see the behavioral standards you try to teach are world norms and in turn brings their new found independence in line with your teachings.
How do you know you are picking the right camp for your homeschooler? There are many choices. Here are simple steps to assist parents sending their children to camp. Doing the work up front will help make sure that your camper has a great summer packed with wonderful memories and many new experiences.
Summer Camp Benefits For Children Residential (overnight) camp offers home schooled children a wonderful opportunity to socialize with other children in a new and exciting environment. Often long-lasting friendships are forged at summer camps each year. Campers often return year after year making camp their summer home. Some continue on till they are past camper age and participate in a Counselor in Training program for teens or even become counselors passing on the traditions of summer camp.
Jeff Lorenz Owner of Swift Nature Camp an Children’s Summer Camp in Wisconsin says “Summer Camp provides children the chance to assume leadership roles within the cabin. Without parents or siblings around campers often show their true colors and excel in leading thus improving their confidence level”.
Trying new things is what summer camp is all about. Traditional camps have many activities providing opportunities to try new things and discover new skills. From canoeing and Arts & Crafts to Swimming, Hiking and Horseback riding the list of activities available at different camps is endless. So try to pick a camp that has activities your child has done before as well as new activities to try.
Tips To Choosing the Right Summer Camp Look for a summer camp program that fits a child’s comfort level. If the child has never been away from home and is 8 and under a day camp program may be more suitable. If he’s used to overnights away from home a residential camp may be a better fit. Usually overnight camps start at around age 8. But do not be afraid to challenge your child by giving him or her new opportunities. We all know that often home schooled children are a bit more attached to their family members. This may mean that you need to work a little harder to get them ready for an overnight camp. But chances are it will be well worth the effort
Choosing a camp that offers activities your child is interested in is important. There is comfort in the familiar and a traditional summer camp provides opportunities in many areas giving a child comfort in some things a child has tried before as well as activities that ask him to leave their comfort zone.
If possible take your child to an open house. This allows parents and children to come and visit for a day and tour the grounds. For other camps this is not so easy, yet they might offer a local open house to meet staff and other campers. Work weekends at camp are a great way to get to know the staff and the grounds. This is a perfect venue to put a child’s fears at ease and make sure a camp is the right one. Don’t pick a camp just because all your child’s friends are attending. Camp is about making new friends in a new place.
References from past campers are wonderful tools in deciding if a camp is a good fit. These folks can even make your child feel more comfortable in their decision. Be sure to ask them about their feelings, activities and experiences. Older campers are very happy to share their family home with new campers and tell how camp has shaped their lives.
Camp accreditation is a vital step in choosing a camp. Most States have a camping regulations, which hold camps accountable. But the American Camp Association is the best source to ensure camp quality. So be sure the camps you are looking at are (ACA) approved.
Probably the most important part in selecting a summer camp is to chat with the Camp Directors. Discuss your concerns and your feelings with the camp owners. They should be able to help you feel comfortable in your decisions, if not , it’s the wrong camp for YOU and your child!
For more information on Finding a Children’s Summer Camp see SummerCampAdvice.com, A free informational website for parents searching for camp information.
Swift Nature Camp is a Overnight Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 6-15. We blend traditional summer camp activities with that of a Science Summer Camps.