5 Tips to Prepare Your Kids for Summer Camp
1. Involve your child in the planning process
Allow your child to have a say in choosing the summer camp (or when it comes to Camp Fire Alaska’s options, which of our 3 camps and then which of our many sessions) they will be attending. Encourage them to research the different options and ask questions about the activities, schedule, and other details of the camp. By involving them in the planning process, you can help them feel more invested in the experience and reduce any anxiety they may have.
2. Practice independence
Summer camp is often a great opportunity for children to develop independence and self-confidence. Before the camp starts, encourage your child to practice taking care of themselves, such as packing their own bags, making their own meals, and managing their own time. This will help them feel more prepared for the camp experience, even though they will have a qualified counselor supervising them at all times.
3. Familiarize your child with the camp
If possible, take your child to visit the camp before it starts! Even if you just drive to the entrance. This will help them become familiar with the location, facilities, and staff, and will also give them a chance to meet other campers. You can also look for photos or videos of the camp online to help your child visualize the experience, or look at our Camp Maps if you’re attending either Camp Si-La-Meo or Camp K.
4. Go over rules & expectations
It is important to discuss the expectations and rules of the camp with your child before they attend. This can include discussing appropriate behavior, safety guidelines, and any specific camp rules. Make sure your child understands what is expected of them and why these rules are in place. Our handbooks can be found here!
5. Help your child pack appropriately
Make sure your child has everything they need for the camp, such as appropriate clothing, toiletries, and any required equipment. Labeling your child’s belongings can also be helpful to prevent them from getting lost or mixed up with other campers’ items. Additionally, consider packing a few items that can help your child feel more comfortable, such as a favorite stuffed animal or book. Refer to our packing lists for Summer Adventure Camp, Camp K, or Camp Si-La-Meo.