Sometimes, the most stressful parts about residential camps are the weeks leading up to drop-off day. From packing to pre-camp anxiety, here are some tips to get your campers ready to go to southeast residential camp.
1) Preparation: Packing is often the hardest part about going away to camp. It’s important not to forget anything and to think ahead of what might be needed over the summer. Check the residential camp packing list to see what the camp recommends to bring to camp.
2) Label Everything: Residential camp requires your son or daughter to be living in close quarters with their fellow campers, which will likely lead to items being mixed up or lost. By labeling everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, you will prevent any possible mix ups as well as a trip to the lost and found on pick up day.
3) Prevent Homesickness: Getting homesick at residential camp is unavoidable. However, there are ways to lessen the sadness and make your child more comfortable while spending the summer away. When packing, make sure to include some items that remind your son or daughter of home. This can be a stuffed animal, old blanket, or some pictures. Items from home often help the child adjust more easily. Also, find out how you can contact your son or daughter. Are cell phones allowed? What about letters and care packages?
4) Do NOT Overpack: Yes, you want your camper to be prepared for anything that a day at southeast residential camp might throw at them, however overpacking will just be a hassle. Your child will likely not need seven toothbrushes, twenty pairs of shorts, and thirty pairs of socks. Again, check what the camp recommends you pack; they usually know what they’re talking about and know what your son or daughter will need while attending summer camp. Also find out how often laundry will be done, this helps to plan out how many outfits will be needed.
If you’re looking for the perfect southeast residential camp for your son or daughter, contact Camp Blue Ridge at 706-746-5491 (summer) or 954-665-8686 (winter) for more information or to schedule a tour!