My girls went on girl guides camps from about age 5/6 for two nights.
They were fine and had a blast.
My 9 yr old just went on first camp l, creative arts camp (band etc) for one night. We discussed things like keeping the bathroom a private place and if anyone like your room mates do anythung 'silly' then resist the urge to join in and speak with an adult. He absolutely had a ball and he was proud he could manage his possessions and toiletries etc. Our camp was at stanwell tops so my main worry was him falling off a cliff or something.
Year 3 is young! I would be a little nervous but I would be happy to send him.
My year 3 boy has been to Cub camps but only 1 night at this age group.
School camps at our school start in year 5.
I wouldn't have a problem at all. My kids are often going on camps through homeschool groups, at school (when they were at school), summer camps, Easter camps.
I would because I trust our Teachers and Support staff. These things are usually very well run.
Would feel uneasy. Not because I didn't trust staff or anything. But just seems young. I've been on several year 5 or year 6 camps as a teacher and even some of them are pretty young for that and we have a lot of home sickness.
One school I know does a camp for at school for that. They go home after school... then come back for sausage sizzle etc. Usually a star gazing/telescopes set up to tie in with a unit of work on space. Then sleep in tents on the Oval for one night.
That way kids can go home if they want.
FWIW parents fret about their kids going on camp in Year 7, 8 and 9 too. At my previous schools the Year 3s often do a one night sleepover in the school hall or in tents on the oval, and then usually 2 nights away in Year 4. If makes sense that a school with a structured camp programme would start them off relatively early in smaller increments though.
I've been on heaps of school camps and usually the worst that happens is that some kids get a little teary from being homesick. Then they get over it, have a great time and realise they're stronger than they thought.
Yes I think it would be a great experience. Children need to learn to be independent. I feel sorry for kids who aren't allowed to go. They really are missing out on a great experience.
Yep id do it. dD1 is in year 3 and would jump at the chance to go on a camp.
Her school dont go till year 4 though & its only 1night away. She is already looking forward to it
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