Can you believe it's already June? It feels like just yesterday when we were sharing our advice for choosing the perfect summer program before December ended. Now, summer is here and you are busy packing your child's bag for their favorite four-letter word... CAMP!
We've already discussed that there are offerings out there for every student, so no one camp experience is the same. Whether you are heading for the hills or attending a pre-college summer program on a university campus, the idea is the same. Here is what you should be thinking about around this time of the year.
- Arrival Information: Make sure you have received your arrival information and carefully read it over! The program has spent time putting together the most important information to use when attending a summer program. Please use that information to your advantage. Be sure to take the time to read through and understand it.
- Forms, Forms, Forms: Don’t travel all the way to a summer program only to be sent home because a doctor didn’t fill out a health form. Many camps and summer programs require this information to be collected and will not allow students to participate without it. The same goes for many of the forms that are sent out. Our advice is to fill ALL of them out!
- Chose Before: If a camp gives the choice to “pre-register” for courses before the summer starts, take advantage of that. Don’t let your child get their hopes up about a certain class to only find out it is completely full.
- Emergency Information: Make sure to fill out and save all contact information and emergency numbers. This will be useful for the program director. Also, store important numbers in your child’s cell phone so that they have it on hand. Hopefully, they will never need it!
- Communication: Make a communication plan with your child! As we discussed before, being away from home isn't an easy thing and the more engaged your child is in the program, the easier it will be to adjust to a new environment! While figuring out a good plan for communicating, keep in mind that they need space to form relationships with peers. (Hint: this means try not to call every single day and have hour long conversations)
- Connect on Social Media: Most programs have a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts. Many even have a specific group for parents of their students/campers. Join these. This is the best way to see pictures, read about what is going on and stay up to date with what is happening. We recommend you use this as a primary means of information.
Yes, there is a lot of planning on your end that is required to enjoy a summer program, but I promise that once you get through this list, you can finally enjoy and relax.