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Would You Send Your Kid to Overnight Camp?

Would You Send Your Kid to Overnight Camp?

As the final bell of the school year rings and moms throughout the country turn their attention to the lazy days of Summer, a large number of kids start packing their bags for the nearly 7,000 overnight camps that exist throughout America.

If the thought of overnight camps conjures up scenes from Meatballs and The Parent Trap, you've got the right idea. Whether the camp is a private institution or affiliated with a religious establishment, it is highly likely that tots will be swimming, horseback riding, playing an organized sport, doing arts and crafts, climbing a wall or participating in a ropes course of some sort. All the while, they will be building confidence, working on their social skills, strengthening their athletic abilities and making friends. The thought of being separated from your lil one for one, two, four or even eight weeks may sound rough, but camp lessons last a lifetime.

Would you consider sending your child to sleep away camp?

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Sarana Sarana 8 years
We don't have many camps like this in my country, but we also went on schoolcamp every year and it was great. The whole class went and we camped in tents.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
You bet, i went to sleepaway camp for 8 years and then worked at that camp for 9 years. Having been a camp counselor, My best advice is this, if your child is okay with sleepovers? they will be fine with camp. There might be some tears on the way there, trepidation, and even when you get there but after you leave the tears dry up quick and that child is on his/hers way to becoming more independent and learning alot about themselves, how to be in social situations and having fun! Just dont send them if they are bed wetters please!!
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
The question used the word "tot" which I perceive as a toddler. I would say "No" until they reached a more responsible age. But, when I read the story I believe the person writing the survey meant youngster or possible young teen. Then, my answer would be "Yes"! I think it would be good for them. I wished my parents had sent me. I would have :heart: ed it.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i went, and my girls want to go. but frankly i just can't bring myself to send them. i'm afraid of things like molest and not being watched in the lake or the pool. i remember the girl scout camp i went to, and frankly it's a wonder we all made it home alive.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
Though mine is still in the womb ... I look forward to being able to send him/her to away camp, even to places far from home like in the States or Europe. Not for the whole summer though but a good week or 2 week long camp would be a great experience for them.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
Totally. Although I don't think I would want to send them for the whole 8-10 weeks like they offer at some camps. Probably more like 2-3 weeks.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 8 years
i would definitely send my kids to a sleep over camp. as a child i went to camp for many years. while it was an all-girls camp run by nuns (very old school!), i still managed to have a blast. kids need to go to camp!!!! :)
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
It really depends on the kid, I think, so I didn't vote. I know I would have DIED (homesickness, fear, etc.) if I were sent away like that, but my son could be totally different. Plus, it wasn't popular where I lived, so none of my friends went to overnight camp. It seems very regional, as all of my college friends from the East Coast went every summer.
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 8 years
Having spent 8 Summers at sleep away camp, I am a definite proponent of it! I'm sure I will miss having my kids around, but I love the idea of them learning such independence and having as much fun as I did!
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I always wanted to be sent away to these things and never was, if my kids wanted to go I think it would be a great experience for them.
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