Long before anyone took summer camps seriously as a growth opportunity for children, my grandmother told one of her friends, “The two best things I ever did for my child were summer camp and orthodontia”. The years have proven her a wise woman.
[This is the second in two articles about homesickness at camp.]
Several years back, I was talking to a camp mom about her efforts to encourage her children’s friends to come to camp. She was a particularly enthusiastic recruiter, so I asked her why she spent so much time and effort on it.
For most of our lives, we have learned (either explicitly or implicitly) a certain model of success and happiness: Become Successful and You Will be Happy.
In recent years, we have read a great deal about grit and resilience.
Every summer, new campers from a variety of backgrounds and interests are welcomed into our incredible community at Camp Champions. It’s in these first few moments at camp that children experience the most growth, independence, and sense of community. To make this transition into camp life smoother and more rewarding, we implement a few practices that help new campers and families adjust to the unforgettable camp experience ahead.