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A First Time Camper’s Guide to a Successful Camp Experience

A First Time Camper’s Guide to a Successful Camp Experience

Monday, 05 June 2023 07:01

Summer camps are becoming increasingly popular, with as many as 14 million children attending each year. There are more than 12,000 day camps and sleepaway camps in the United States, which is wonderful news. 


This means that parents have a wide range of possibilities, from conventional cabin camping in the woods or on beaches to specialty camps concentrating on hobbies like acting, hockey, or water sports.


Because camp is 24 hours a day away from home, it can be a highly intense experience. Going to school and coming home is not comparable. Making new friends and establishing a completely new daily routine are two of the many exciting things camp is all about.


The weeks before summer camp might be filled with anticipation, worries, and some jitters. All of these emotions are perfectly normal. Both kids and adults may feel a little uneasy about meeting new people, trying new things, or being in a strange environment. It is our responsibility as parents and other adults to guide kids through the transition to summer camp. 


Understanding your child's worries and promoting their strengths are important parts of getting ready for camp. Review some of your child's strengths and describe how camp will provide them the chance to expand on existing abilities and learn new ones. 


In this article, we will discuss ways to make sure your child has a successful first-time camp experience!


Tips on How to Make Sure Your Child Has a Successful Camp Experience


Attending a summer resident camp can be an incredible experience filled with new friends, outdoor adventures, and personal growth. Follow this guide and share these tips with your child to ensure an amazing first-time experience at overnight camp!


Research and Choose the Right Camp


Look for a summer resident camp that aligns with your interests and offers activities you're excited about. Consider factors like camp location, duration, cost, camp philosophy, and the range of activities and programs available.


Involve Yourself in the Preparation Process


Take an active role in preparing for camp. Read through the camp handbook or website to understand the camp's rules, guidelines, and packing list. Involve your parents or guardians in the preparation process to ensure you have everything you need.


Pack Appropriately


Follow the camp's packing list and guidelines provided. Pack essentials such as clothing, toiletries, sunscreen, bug repellent, swimwear, towels, bedding, and any required equipment for specific activities. Label your belongings to avoid mix-ups.


Be Open-Minded and Embrace New Experiences


Approach camp with an open mind and a willingness to try new things. Participate in a variety of activities, even those outside your comfort zone. This is an opportunity to discover new passions and learn new skills.


Be Prepared for the Outdoors


Summer resident camps often involve outdoor activities. Pack appropriate gear such as hiking shoes, rain gear, a hat, and a water bottle. Prepare for various weather conditions to ensure you stay comfortable and safe.


Respect Camp Rules and Routines


Familiarize yourself with the camp's rules, regulations, and daily routines. Respect quiet hours, follow safety guidelines, and be punctual for activities. Camp rules are in place to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment.


Get to Know Your Fellow Campers


Introduce yourself to fellow campers and be inclusive. Camp is an excellent opportunity to make new friends from different backgrounds. Participate in team-building activities and engage in group discussions to build connections.


Communicate With Your Counselors


Counselors are there to support and guide you throughout your camp experience. Don't hesitate to reach out to them if you have any questions or concerns or need assistance. They can provide valuable advice and help make your experience more enjoyable.


Embrace the Camp Community


Engage in camp traditions and activities. Participate in campfire sing-alongs, talent shows, or themed events. Embrace the sense of community and camaraderie that develops within the camp environment.


Practice Good Hygiene and Self-Care 


Maintain personal hygiene during your camp stay. Follow the camp's shower schedule, brush your teeth regularly, and keep your sleeping area clean. Take care of yourself physically and emotionally, get enough rest, and seek support if needed.


Embrace Independence and Personal Growth


Resident camp offers a unique opportunity to develop independence and resilience. Embrace challenges, overcome homesickness, and learn to solve problems on your own. Use this time to grow as an individual and develop life skills.


Have Fun and Make Lasting Memories


Camp is all about having fun and creating lifelong memories. Engage wholeheartedly in activities, be present, and savor the experience. Build lasting friendships, try new things, and treasure the memories you make.


Have a Great First-Time Camp Experience at Camp Tekoa 


Remember, summer resident camp is an adventure filled with personal growth, new friendships, and exciting experiences. Embrace the opportunity and make the most of your time at camp. Enjoy yourself and have a fantastic summer resident camp experience!


Our mission at Camp Tekoa is “Touching hearts, changing lives, sharing the light of Christ.”


Christian values are the foundation of Camp Tekoa. Everything we do is built around our mission. Every child is valued and belongs here.  We try to help each camper grow into who God is calling them to be, whether it is through the off-site adventure trips or our weekly talent show. 


Camper groups are arranged as Family Groups and are led by Family Group Leaders (counselors) since we emphasize community. These family groups share with one another how they have grown and talk about all the memories they have shared together at the end of each week.


Camp Tekoa is the perfect place for your child to grow in their faith and build a stronger faith community with other campers and counselors while having a successful camp experience. For more information about how Camp Tekoa can help your child grow while having a great time at camp, contact us or visit our website. 


If you are interested in registering your child for Camp Tekoa, visit our website or give us a call!