Summer camp is an experience unlike any other. It has its own set of rules and its own social groups, wrapped in a unique environment. However, because it is so distanced from the “real” world, it often gets caught up in rumors and assumptions that are far from true. Below are four such myths, and how to address them before registration comes around once again.
Summer camp is not for everyone. Put simply: It doesn’t matter whether a camper is a good swimmer. It doesn’t matter if they don’t like hiking or archery. With the sheer volume of camps out there today, there is quite literally a camp for everyone. Whether it’s following a passion for a sport they love, or delving into a scientific interest, there is sure to be a match out there.
Summer camp is expensive. Not every camp is a three month long stay in expensive cabins or dorms. There are also plenty of memorable, wallet-friendly options. Day camp especially is a great way to appeal to parents on a budget. Fresh options come out every year and range from robotics to animal care to theater and drama. The time is ripe to find and claim a new, exciting niche!
Camp is better with a friend. Many campers actively try to attend with someone they know, but this is not always possible. In those cases, remind them a solo trip can still be amazing! One of the best parts about camp is meeting new people, and the anticipation of seeing them again next summer. They will never be lacking in people to talk to, and might meet a new best friend in the process.
No news is bad news. At camp for an extended period for time, parents might expect their campers (especially younger ones) to be in touch frequently. Though updates do have their place, in excess, they can be a burden on everyone involved. Far from hating camp, the child is likely just busy with the plethora of activities and events available to them. Encourage parents to let them cut loose! It’s time their camper will never forget.
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