This year our son is 10 years old. My husband and I decided that this summer we would give him a ticket to the camp. The child is very sociable, friendly, he should like it there.
How to choose a camp
Choosing the camp, I was guided by several factors. It was important for me that my son had an interesting time. So the first thing I looked for was sure to be programs – hiking, sports, hobby groups. I also wanted the camp to be near the reservoir, but also not far from our city.
I asked my colleagues, I learned a lot about the camps. They told that it is still necessary to ask about food. In general, we have chosen the camp.
How to prepare a child
This will be our son’s first independent trip. We used to go on vacation with the whole family. And here it so happened that for the first time in the camp, and quite alone. No friends, no relatives.
My husband and I prepared our son in advance. First, they told that there is discipline. They said that he would be a leader. What you need to listen to the counselor just as he listens to the teacher and parents.
Secondly, prepared for possible difficulties – you have to wash some things yourself, monitor your hygiene. They also said that there might be a different sleep and nutrition pattern. I also taught my son to sew on buttons and sew clothes on the seam.
Also, thank you very much to one of my colleagues for warning me about references. You need to go through the doctors and get help for the pool or for swimming in general. In any camp with this strictly.
Another nuance is to take references not earlier than 10 days before dispatch. So the camp employee told me by phone.
What to give with you
Again, from the experience of colleagues, I now know for sure that I cannot give food with me. Rather, you can give crackers or cookies, which will not disappear. And you need to give so that the child could share.
A list of necessary things can be requested, and the camp administration will send it by e-mail. We decided that we would give the child with an inexpensive player and a cheap phone. And the connection will be, and if something happens, do not mind.
I think we need to visit the child in the first weekend. Bring presents. I remember how my parents brought me fruit and sweets, and then I treated the whole squad. It was fun and ate delicious. So I want my son to arrange such a holiday.
Well, that’s probably all. This is the first trip to the camp of our child. Do you think I prepared correctly? What can you recommend?