It always takes me by surprise when March hits and parents start discussing what they are going to do with their children for the summer! But, let me tell you that I’ve learned the hard way in the past by not planning early because you end up missing out on some great opportunities.
It is that time of year when parents need to start making summer plans for their children!
Have you considered sending your children to camp this year?
I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to go to camp as a kid a couple of times. I went to summer music camp for a week and I also went to a few over night camps on weekends. I had such a wonderful experience at all of the camps that I went to. I do feel that going to camp helps to create a more well rounded individual. It provides children with the opportunity to be independent, responsible and to have a lot of fun!
One day, when my children are older, I hope to be able to offer them the same opportunities to go to camp as I had. Right now, my children are young, but I have no doubt that there will come a time in their lives when over night camp sounds like a dream to them!
The opportunities that camp offers children are invaluable.
While at camp, I made memories that will last a life time! I remember feeling nervous inside at the prospect of being away from home for a week, but the idea of that freedom also excited me! The nerves quickly disappeared after I got checked in and got settled and I didn’t turn back. The fact that I went with a friend from home made things easier for me. She was my comfort, my place to fall back on if I needed, but I was fine and had so much fun that year! The next year, I returned by myself and had just as much fun, if not more.
Camp truly helped me grow as an individual.
The decision to send your child to camp may be a difficult decision to make, but think of the opportunities and experiences your child will have while they are there. Your child will grow as a person and have the chance to experience a wide variety of opportunities and activities while making friends and interacting socially with their peers. It may be hard to “let go” of our children sometimes, but sending them to summer camp is definitely an opportunity that will benefit most children in many ways.
One camp that is extremely well known is Muskoka Woods. Their vision is to “inspire youth to shape their world”.
On their 1,100 wooded acres with 2,800 feet of stunning frontage on sparkling Lake Rosseau, Muskoka Woods has a large variety of activities for kids ranging from tennis to gymnastics to rope courses and more!
The buffet style meals at Muskoka Woods offer a wide variety of food choices for picky eaters, vegetarians and special dietary needs!
If you are interested in sending your child to Muskoka Woods, be sure to Sign Up NOW!
Summer Camp is Awesome from Muskoka Woods on Vimeo.
Disclosure – I am participating in the Muskoka Woods Blogger Campaign by Mom Central Canada. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.
It’s funny – I went to summer camp for two weeks when I was nine – and now that my own son is nine he still seems too little to be gone for that long! lol Oh well, I guess everyone knows what their kids can handle – I think this looks like a great camp, though, when he – and I – are ready! 🙂
You’re right – planning ahead is key, but I never have the funds available for registration fees or first week. With three at camp age it’s difficult to afford and take care of stuff ahead of time if your finances aren’t in order.
I went to camp when I was about 14. The only reason my mother let me go was because my brother (who is 9 years old) was going to be a counselor. And his fiance (maybe girlfriend) would be there as it was her family’s church camp. I don’t remember much of it except the ingrown toenails that I was so embarrassed by, falling in love for the first time and a “church” session around a campfire. Other stuff is a blur. I definitely remember I was freezing every night and couldn’t fall asleep when we slept in the woods on a platform.
I really wanted to go, but I’d say my experience was so-so. I think the camp was a week long. My oldest daughter (who’s 21 now) went to 4H camp when she was in the 5th grade and she had a bad experience while there and that sorta tainted the fun she had been having.
I think last year is the first year they went to a day camp.
This was a great post!