If your daughter has never spent the night away from home, you may
want to start her with a day camp or a short stay such as 1 or 2
nights at resident camp. After that, she can progress into whatever
length of camp she desires.
Although age is one factor in readiness for resident camp, a child’s
maturity level and personality are more important indicators. Talk to
your child. If she is enthusiastic about attending, she will probably
enjoy camp. The following questions may help in determining readiness
for resident camp.
- Has your daughter ever been away from home for more than one
night without family members?
- Can she keep up with her
- Can she take care of her own basic
hygiene needs such as showering, toileting, and brushing her teeth
- Can she cope with unfamiliar people,
new places, and group schedules?
- Does she enjoy making new
- Does she like group situations?
- Does she
enjoy being outdoors? Can she see mosquitos, bugs, or other “nature”
friends without being frightened?
Am I ready for my daughter to attend Resident Camp?
Parents and guardians sometimes have a difficult time sending their
daughters to resident camp. The following questions will help in your
- Can you relax and enjoy yourself when your girl sleeps
overnight away from home?
- Are you prepared to be away from
your daughter for several days?
- Are you willing to have
your daughter participate in camp kapers (chores) such as setting
tables, cleaning the cabin, sweeping, picking up trash, and cleaning
- Are you confident in your daughter’s ability
to take care of herself, make her own bed, and keep track of her own
- Do you believe that camp provides girls with a
fun and rewarding experience that builds self-worth and
- Are you willing to trust the camp staff with
the care of your daughter?