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Keeping in Touch with Your Camper

The "do's" and "don'ts" for families

July 01, 2011
Camp is a special time for children and youth. Through a positive Camp experience, campers develop self-esteem, ward off summer learning loss, and develop a sense of independence. For the families at home, communicating with their campers is a fun and exciting way to share in the camp experience. The American Camp Association® (ACA) suggests the following "do's" and "don'ts" for families to keep in touch with their happy camper:

• DO give your child pre-addressed, stamped envelopes or postcards so that he or she can keep you informed of camp activities.

• DO send a note or postcard in advance to the camp so there will be a personalized touch of home when your child arrives. This lets young campers know that the family is thinking about them, assures campers that parents know they are having a good time, and expresses enthusiasm for the camp's activities.

• DO check with the camp director to see what the camp's policies are regarding care packages. Be sure to ask what items may or may not be included. Also, consider sending your child to camp with photos or a favorite stuffed animal.

• DO avoid mentioning how much parents, siblings, family, and even pets miss them.

• DON'T worry. Your natural reaction is to call on the first day just about bedtime to see how your camper is doing. Remember that counselors are trained to help campers adjust to camp life.

ACA reminds families that there truly is a camp for every child and every situation. For more information on the life-changing experience of camp, or to use ACA's Find a Camp database to find the perfect camp experience for your child, visit www.CampParents.org. In addition, families can follow ACA on Facebook and Twitter for helpful hints and camp information.

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Tags: Camp, Enrichment, In This Issue, Kids, Parenting

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