Have your children ever gone to an overnight camp? As a family counselor, I can recommend it. As a Mom of three very enthusiastic, overnight campers – I wholeheartedly recommend it! Children develop in profound ways when they leave behind what’s so familiar, for a new experience. especially when they can just get back to nature. There’s something amazingly comforting about being surrounded by trees. The sounds of the night crickets and frogs are something every kid needs to know.
Sleep-away camp also does something else. Learning to sleep away from home is an important step on a child’s way to independence. And yes, part of the challenge is beating homesickness. The camp counselors are very aware of this challenge and also know how to handle it.
All kids need to learn the skill of being away from home. It’s important to learn this and even though it can be harder on some kids than others, it’s a valuable lesson.
Staying at a busy, fun summer camp is a great way to learn this independent behavior.
As one boy camper said, “If you can’t learn to sleep away from home, you have to live with your parents for the rest of your life!” Summer Camp is a great way to learn independence.
I recommend Camp ChYoCa in Calhoun, LA. It’s a well-established Christian camp – not too far from the towns in Northeast Louisiana. But just far enough away…. And it’s beautiful. Set in 100 acres of piney woods. There’s never a still moment for the busy kid and plenty of quiet for the more solitude child. Check it out: http://www.campchyoca.com/
My children grew up at this camp — they went every year from Kindergarten on. And then worked as camp counselors and even camp directors. They love it still and plan on sending my grandkids there. A fun AND faith-filled week for your child is just what I recommend! They will love it and thank you for sending them.