Question and Answers for Preparing for Camp

I would like my child to seriously consider going to an away camp this year to boost self-confidence. I'm looking for camps that provide a lot of "initial" comfort to the introverted child. I'm not looking for a babysitting service but rather the understanding and compassion that goes with making someone feel comfortable when they are out of their element. Thank you.

Camps take great pride in helping every child feel welcomed and care for as well as encouraging kids to try new things as they feel comfortable. We have some tips that may be helpful for new campers here: http://www.ourkids.net/camp/preparing-for-camp.php as well as information about how camp can help boost self confidence here: http://www.ourkids.net/camp/benefits-confidence-social-skills.php In addition, you may like to use our Advanced Search feature that allows you search for camps in your area based on criteria that's most important to you, including age range, programs, activities and fees here: http://www.ourkids.net/camp/camp-search.php Attending the upcoming Camp Expo on February 22nd, 2015 is also an excellent opportunity to speak with many different types of camps face to face: http://www.ourkids.net/campexpo/ - many families find this a valuable resource to helping narrow down their camp choices and answering their questions. This is also a great way to get a feel for how different camps will help your child feel comfortable at camp.



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How long, or short, a camp session should my child attend the first time?
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Will my child have to participate in all activities? Or do campers get to choose their activities?
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Is it really better for my child to go to a longer, say two-week, session?
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What if my child is homesick?
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My child wants to bring a GameBoy and iPod to camp. Is that okay?
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How can my child and I stay in touch while he's at overnight camp?
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Can I drop by for a visit while my child is at camp?
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Can I find out how my child is doing at her first overnight camp?
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My child takes medicine daily. How do camps handle that? Do overnight camps have medical staff on-site?
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What does the camp fee cover? Will there be extra costs? Do campers have to bring any equipment or supplies or wear specific clothing?
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When do I need to apply?
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