- Encourage your child's independence throughout the year. Practice separations, such as sleepovers at a friend's house, that can simulate the camp experience.
- Don't feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay at camp. For many children, camp is a first step toward independence and plays an important role in their growth and development.
- Please don't tell you child you will "rescue" him/her from camp if he/she doesn't like it.
- Discuss what camp will be like before your child arrives, acknowledging his/her feelings.
- Allow your child to pack a favorite stuffed animal or picture so that your child will have a reminder of home.
- Support your child's efforts to work out the problems with the help of the camp staff.
- Discuss activities you think your child will enjoy and encourage participation.
- Send a letter to your child before camp begins so he/she will have a letter waiting for his/her arrival.
Please address mail to:
William P. Ridley 4-H Center
850 Lion Parkway
Columbia, Tennessee 38401
Attn: Camp Hope/ Camper's Name