Camp experts say: It depends. Your child's age, independence and previous camp experience are all factors; so is your comfort with having your child away. If your child is a first-time camper, it's worth keeping in mind that thousands of campers of all ages enjoy weeks on end in both day and residential settings. You may want to start with a week and gradually build to two weeks or a month. In the case of residential camps, directors say it often takes a week for kids to adjust and settle in, then a second week to fully get into camp life—so you may want to consider that bit of advice even when registering a first-timer.
Sometimes families also find that they can only afford 1 week of camp.
Cherie Godin Hammond wrote:
It all depends on your child and your budget. Look for a camp that offers flexibility - one week or two week sessions that can be extended.
My daughter has a number of severe food allergies. It is not just that she could choose not to eat a particular item if it wasn't suitable- food has to be made intentionally without her allergens. She can still be around her allergens iI others were eating them but, on the other hand, I wouldn't want her to feel that what she is eating is to different or set apart as part of the camp experience is in all eating together. I would like for her to be able to experience camp but safely. Can anyone recommend a camp that truly can accommodate children with severe food allergies? So many camps I speak with tell me that they receive epipen training every year and that she could just not eat whatever wasn't safe for her! She wouldn't be able to eat anything then and hopefully she wouldn't ever need the epipen!