Q. What age is appropriate to send my child to overnight camp?
A. There is no magic age that deems a child “ready” for camp. There are, however, some signs and skills a parent can look for. For instance, 1) They have expressed interest in overnight camp. 2) Your child can take care of basic needs on their own. (Bathing, washing their hair and brushing teeth is expected) and 3) They have spent the night without you. I do encourage parents to consider camp when their child has interest. Once the decision is made, enjoy the time your child is at camp and let the camp do their job. Before you know it, your child will be back at home telling you about their adventures, friends, fun and more than likely asking, “When can I go back?”
Jacob Summer, Camp Director Camp Fire Camp El Tesoro | www.campfirefw.org