Understanding what we need from ourselves in order to be ourselves can be a process that starts early in life. There are all kinds of ways to learn things, even learning from watching the wrong way to do things can teach us what we need to know going forward. You may have had an upbringing where you believe that you were provided with everything that you needed in a healthy environment, and if that’s the case then that’s great. On the other hand, you may have been raised in an environment where you felt neglected and you weren’t provided with the things that you needed in order to develop properly. If that’s something that you went through, then I’m sorry to hear that.
Well, as long as you appreciate what you had or you’ve developed a healthy amount of resentment for not having what you feel you needed, then I’d say that you’ve learned something regardless of what side of that spectrum you came from. But, whoever you are or where you came from, if your parents didn’t provide you with the summer camp experience, then I believe that you could have had it better even if you think that you had a perfect upbringing. Keep this in mind if you have children or plan on bringing some into this world anytime soon, it’s a wonderful experience that you can provide them, without having to do much other than research and pay for it.
Check out your budget, look at some day or summer camps in the area, or even across the country if you want, and compare what you’d spend on your kid for childcare, food, entertainment and other incidentals during the time they’d be away at summer camp. If you can afford to send them to a high-end camp somewhere across the state or the nation, then you’ll also need to take the cost of the supplies they’ll need into consideration as well. Often, the overnight summer camps that last for a couple of weeks or more are outdoor camps focused on hiking and other outdoor activities, and they require some serious equipment like backpacks and hiking boots. If you look at the websites for these camps, it shouldn’t be difficult to find a camp itinerary and a supplies list so you can budget accordingly.
Many summer kids camps that last for several weeks or more, can be fairly expensive and not fit well into your pocketbook. That’s understandable and something that as a parent, you need to know when coming up with a plan for your kid. If you can’t afford to send them to an overnight nature camp, then it’s a good idea to look at kids day camps locally. If you live near a fairly populated center then I think that you’ll be surprised at how many camps there probably are and the variety of such camps. You’ll need to arrange transportation to and from the camp for your kid on a daily basis, but that’s not much different then what you’ve got to do for them on any given school day, so I imagine that’ll probably be the least of your concerns. You’ll just want to make sure that it’s affordable and that your kid is open to the idea, which means that you should probably have a conversation with them about it.
After you find out how they feel, you may or may not have to do a little more work in terms of getting them more into the idea. Part of your job as a parent is to see opportunities for their growth and then be creative when trying to get them involved in things that you know will help them grow as people. Introducing them to unfamiliar situations and gently pushing them out of their comfort zone is a good way to help them build confidence within themselves. Being able to walk into any unknown situation and make it feel comfortable quickly, is an amazing skill that many people live their whole lives and are never able to master. The sooner your child is able to move in that direction, the better suited they’ll be able to bend social situations to their whims and establish some serious confidence in the process.
The most successful people in this world are the ones who exude the most confidence, or the ones who give the impression that they’re confident. It’s your job as a parent to introduce your kid to as many people and situations that you can to help them build their confidence, so that they can feel comfortable being exactly who they are. Thus, they can be happy with themselves and it can all start with you as a parent, signing them up for a day or summer camp.