Last week, my friend told me that her children were going to the camp, which is located 30km from our city. Everything would be fine, but the oldest girl is eight years old, and the son is the same age as my daughter (a little more than six years).
Opinions of our company were divided – some did not see anything terrible in the situation, while others began to worry about children in advance.
I first went on vacation with a group of children at the age of ten. We traveled by train, rested in the mountains, the shift lasted for 24 days! In general, I endured separation from my parents well, because I already had the experience of long trips to another country with my grandmother.
But after all, there is a difference – to go with your own grandmother and brother, or to get into a team of completely unfamiliar people. To my luck, we went to the camp with a girlfriend – the daughter of my mother’s employee.
The first few nights were terribly sad, and then we made the acquaintance, and I even sent my parents postcards describing their impressions of the holiday.
For the next two years, we all went with the same girlfriend to rest abroad. Probably parents worried more than me. We really liked the rest, we came full of impressions.
After that, until the age of fifteen, I rested in a pioneer camp under my hometown. Dad at the company issued a discount vouchers, and I went on two or three shifts during the summer! This holiday is beautiful memories, leisure was organized in the pioneering spirit: bonfires, troops, discos, trips, contests, wall newspapers, competitions, etc.
By the way, in this camp back in 1997, I met my future husband, found a close friend with whom we were close friends for ten years.
I will not hide the fact that many of the pioneers in the camp smoked, sometimes we had alcohol, not without it. Therefore, I would not be surprised if the same thing is happening now at children’s recreation centers.
At that time there was no mobile phone or other gadgets. Now, for sure, in the camps, everyone has a phone and a tablet. That, in turn, provokes inequality between children and even theft.
About seven years ago, my two camp friends went to our base as counselors. What they told me was struck – from the horrors in the kitchen to the completely inappropriate behavior and promiscuity of the rest.
On the other hand, the child needs such a rest. Only now he is hardly ready for him at the age of 6-8 years. Although, in essence, this is the same kindergarten, but 24 days for children is too long, despite the visits of parents once a week to parent days.
Another friend of mine next week sends a daughter to the camp, who recently turned nine years old. The girl is rather brisk, sociable and active. And the camp is located a few kilometers from the house of the grandmother, which also calms a little.
It seems to me that the minimum age of children for rest in the camp is 9-10 years old, no less. On the other hand, maybe my daughter and I are too attached to each other, and I create a problem out of the blue? In any case, the children’s camp is not yet on our agenda, and the next few years are not planned;)
What do you think, at what age are children capable of independent rest?