Question and Answers

How long, or short, a camp session should my child attend the first time?

Expert Answer

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.

Parent Answers & Comments

Hayls wrote:
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.