It is important to prepare your child for their camp experience. What should you do/know before coming to camp?
In the month or so leading up to your child’s time at Widjiitiwin.
- Offer reassurance, upbeat words of encouragement. Never discuss how much your child will be missed back home. Instead, keep the focus on them and the positive camp experience.
- Go over the daily schedule with your child so there are no surprises. Search “traditions” on our camp blog to discover some of our favourite camp activities and traditions.
- Let us know if there are special circumstances or considerations regarding your child’s well-being or behaviour.
- Have your child spend a weekend at a friend’s house. Talk about it with your child afterwards. How did your child feel the second night?
- Ask your child to think about what he or she wants to do and learn at camp. Help them set goals.
- Check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds for pictures of what camp is like.
- Plan something for yourself while your child is at Widjiitiwin. Maybe a weekend away, a day trip or date night.
The week before camp:
- Consider writing a letter in advance that you slip into your child’s luggage, or mail one that will be waiting at camp. You can even specify the day you want it delivered.
- Talk about the fun activities they will do at camp and the people they will meet.
- Homesickness is fairly common. Missing home, parents, pets and friends is pretty normal. At camp we will work to keep your child busy and distracted. Bed time can be the most difficult time. Talk with them about how they will be staying with eight other campers and two cabin leaders.
- Teach your child how to handle clothes and toiletries. Dirty clothes in a laundry bag and wet ones hung up to dry. Clotheslines are outside each cabin.
- Check your child’s hair for head lice or ensure your child gets treatment before starting camp.
The day before camp
- Work out the time to drive to camp and your best route.
- Start packing for camp using the following packing list – download it here. And the packing list for SALT. Make sure you include some personal items (like a stuffed animal or blanket) that may provide comfort to your child. Involve your child in the packing process to give him a feeling of ownership over the experience.
- Label everything from your t-shirts to your tennis racket to your toothbrush. And leave really expensive gear at home. Most children lose something at camp, so check the lost-and-found on pick up day. Follow this link for great labels. http://mabelslabels.com/c/?a=widjiitiwin.
- Make sure all medication is in the original container with clearly labeled dosage instructions.
The morning of camp
- Have breakfast as a family and prepare for the drive to camp.
- Make sure you leave lots of time to get to camp. Plan to arrive at camp between 2:00 and 4:00 pm. Leave time for bathroom stops and lunch depending on the distance to camp.
- Talk about the fun your child is expected to have, the friends they will make and the new activities they can learn.
NOTE: If you have any questions please call us at 1-800-551-0168, ext. 310 (summer) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.