Shalom from Jacobs Camp,
The countdown is on, and opening day is on its way!
As Camp Director, I can tell you first hand that when a child goes away to camp, the entire family grows from the experience. But that doesn’t make getting ready for the summer any easier!
Here at camp, we know that packing and preparing for camp is no small task. It can be a bit overwhelming to gather all the clothing and gear, not to mention to prepare emotionally to send your child off for the summer. Not to worry — we are here to help with some ideas for how you can prepare as a family for the summer ahead:
- Join our Jacobs Parents Facebook Group We have heard from many parents that one of the greatest resources for advice is our great online community of first-time and experienced camp parents in the Jacobs Camp Parents 2019 Facebook group. Want to know the best way to label clothing? Wondering what duffle bag is most popular? Figuring out where to stay in Jackson the night before camp? This is the group to ask! Please click here to request membership in this group.
***It is important to note that this group is not monitored by camp staff. if you have questions or concerns specific to your child, please contact camp directly at 601-885-6042 or email@example.com.***
- Pack together Go through the packing list together and let your camper be part of the process! Especially for younger campers, this not only helps them find their belongings more easily, but also helps them feel empowered and ready for an amazing summer.
- Focus on all of the wonderful experiences to come For first time campers, it can be very helpful for parents to focus on all of the amazing things that they will experience including new friends and exciting activities. Here you can talk through what a typical day is like at camp, and here you can watch a video of some of the cool things your camper has to look forward to!
- Talk about concerns As the session nears, it is totally normal for campers to feel nervous about being away from home. Be sure to listen to and acknowledge your camper’s feelings while expressing confidence in his or her ability to spend the time away.
- Remember that every year is different For returning campers, it may be helpful to remember that they will be arriving at camp one year older. While many things will be the same, some things may seem different than they did the previous year as they will be seeing things through “different eyes”.
- Communicate with camp The more information you can provide us about your camper, the better! We do everything we can to be prepared when our campers come through the gates, and the more honest and candid you can be with us about your child, the more we can do to ensure your child has a successful camp experience.
- Make a plan for what to do when your child misses home Homesickness is perfectly normal, and it may help to talk through a plan of what your child can do when they miss home. For younger campers, this may mean packing a familiar stuffed animal or for any camper, this could mean hanging photos of family in their area of the cabin. Our wonderful counselors are well equipped to help all of our campers feel comfortable and at-home at camp.
- Don’t forget to prepare yourself too! Sending your child off for 10 days, 1 month or even the whole summer can feel daunting. Remind yourself that you are giving your child the gift of independence, and that going to camp is an opportunity for your child to explore the world beyond his or her own backyard. You are giving them space for personal growth, the chance to make new friends, and the opportunity to build new skills and explore new interests. Even still, it is normal to feel nervous. Please know that we are here to address your concerns.
You can always contact us here at camp 601-885-6042 or firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how we can make this summer amazing for your camper and for you!