Tips for Parents
5 Things You Can Do to Help Your Child Succeed At Camp (Especially If It Is Their First Time Away From Home)
Talk with your child about their concerns and what they are looking forward to.
Acknowledge your child’s concerns positively, and then acknowledge that you will miss them and that you are confident that they will be able to complete a week of camp.
Discuss the camp’s policies with your child beforehand
Make sure that your child understands what Bethel’s policies are, and that they have to honor them. You can download a ‘Camper Covenant’ here on our Forms page.
Pack together with your child
Pack things your child will be comfortable wearing. Pack a flashlight with extra batteries. Pack a favorite stuffed animal. Please use the Packing list included in this packet.
Let your child know that the camp staff is there to help them.
Make sure they understand that if they have any problems or concerns they should let their counselor know.
Prepare your child for spending time away from home at camp.
Visit the camp website and look at pictures and videos. Encourage your child to ask questions about camp. Practice being away from home overnight. Have a sleep-out in the backyard or at a friend’s house
5 Ways To Avoid Setting Your Child Up For Failure
Avoid making deals or using bribes
For example, avoid saying “If you don’t like it, we will come and pick you up” or “If you stay at camp for a whole week we’ll get you a Playstation when you come home.”
Avoid statements or actions that conflict with camp policies
For example, giving your children a cell phone and telling them to keep it hidden when Bethel has a policy that does not permit campers to call home or have cell phones.
Avoid sending your child to camp during a disruptive home situation
For example, in situations where a Grandparent died last week. Give your child time to adjust. Check with us to see if it is possible to switch to a session later in the summer.
Avoid keeping helpful information from camp staff about your child.
For example, not letting staff know your child is prone to bedwetting is counterproductive. By providing our staff with as much information as possible you can help us help your child. Having information ahead of time allows us to be proactive in serving your child.
Avoid taking your child off of prescription medications for their week at camp
Camp is a less structured environment than your child may be used to at school. Children are more active and stay up later at camp. If your child requires medication while at home under normal circumstances, it is beneficial to them to remain on those medications and continue a routine the body’s metabolism is familiar with.