My boys will be experiencing sleep away camp this summer. When I was young I remember my mother asking me, and me providing an anxiety-ridden reply that had 2-letters, a “N” and a “O”.
In hindsight, I should have gone, or they should have forced me. Instead, by 14-years-old I was working in the summers and the rest shall we say is history.
So I want my kids to try sleep-over camp, meet new and interesting people (boring ones too, to be honest) and determine on their own if they want to go next year or not.
My 9-year-old has already asked if he can stay for the month if he wants.
I think what helps with the transition is the fact that we’ve been getting them ready for this for the better part of 5-months, from talking about it, to getting them new clothes and items for camp.
So how does all of this relate to the 4-year-old?
This was the morning conversation about camp;
Boo: “My brothers are going to camp?”
Boo: “They will be sleeping there?”
Boo: “I will be going to the same camp?”
Me: “No. They will be away at camp, then when they come back they will go to the same camp as you.”
Boo: “I will be coming home from camp every day… On the bus?”
Boo: “So my brothers will be at camp. They will sleep there, and then they will come back and we will all go to camp together? I will not sleep at camp, but I will come home and sleep at home?”
Me: “Yes! That is exactly what will happen.”
Boo: “GREAT! Whew. I need a break…”