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SETTING YOUR CHILD UP FOR SUCCESS

While you are not physically at camp with your child, you do play a huge role in the success of their summer experience. The following section provides you with some of things you should and should not do to help ensure that your child has the most successful summer possible.

THINGS TO TALK TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT:

Camp Rules: Please talk to your children about the camp rules and stress the importance of following them. While camp is a super fun place to be, we also have a lot of rules which are designed to keep your children safe and happy. We believe children are more inclined to follow the rules when they know that their parents support the rules as well. Please act as our partners in their care by articulating your support of our policies to your children before they go to camp.

 

Kindness: Please speak to your children about kindness and your expectation that they will be inclusive to all of their peers. While we offer a plethora of incredible activities, the most important part of what we do is teaching children the value of community and the responsibilities that go along with being a part of one.

Opportunities: Please remind your children that they are at camp to have a good time and to try new things. Encourage them to embrace every opportunity to the fullest. We will do our best to expose them to new activities but we know our chances of success, and thus their chances of enrichment, are greater if parents share this messaging as well.

 

Reporting: Please remind your child that the people at camp are there to ensure that they have a wonderful summer experience. Please stress to them, as we will, that we cannot solve a problem if we are not aware of it and that they should feel safe and comfortable to advise Liza if anyone (camper or counsellor) is making them feel unsafe or unhappy. Please also advise that if they are not comfortable expressing a concern verbally, they can leave a note for Liza in a special white mailbox below the window on her cabin door.

THINGS NOT TO TALK TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT:

Your emotions: Sending your child to camp is difficult and most parents feel some anxiety when they do so (especially with everything going on in the world right now). Often parents deal with their own fears by telling their children how much they are going to miss them. They do so with the belief that this will help their child feel secure. Unfortunately, it often has the opposite effect. Believe it or not, many children start to feel guilty when they think their parents are going to miss them too much and this makes it harder for them to be successful. With this in mind, when preparing your children for camp, we encourage you to use language like "I am so excited for you to get to have this experience" or "I can't wait to hear all about the wonderful new things your try at camp" etc.

Exit Strategies: Please do not tell your children that you will come and get them if they are homesick. When a child knows that they can simply leave if things get a little hard for them, they are less likely to put the effort in to get through a challenging time. We have very good systems in place to support homesick campers. Please trust that we will care for your children and that we will advise you if we think their homesickness has reached a point that is not considered normal.