I think that is a really long camp. My DD is also in year 5. They are going for 2 nights (only about 1/2 hr away). Then in year 6 they go for 4 nights to Canberra.
I wouldn't 'make' her go. Does she have a really good friend who is going as well? My DD said she will only go if her best friend is going .
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12-02-2015 13:17 #11
12-02-2015 13:36 #12
I am a teacher and that is a really long camp for year 5. We often speak with the parents and child to let them know they can ring home anytime to relieve some anxiety (they use the school mobile phone)If she doesn't want to go, don't push her. Although the school will be wanting her to go. When she is ready, she will want to go on camp.
12-02-2015 13:46 #13Senior Member
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I wouldnt want ds going for 4 nights at that age.. Too long imo even if he is used to sleep overs.2 nights is ok but great idea to ask to be a parent helper! I would do that first then see if your child wanted to go and if still no then wait for the next year
12-02-2015 13:49 #14
Try and encourage her with the promise of you collecting her if she really feels the need when there.
My DS missed his year 5 camp last year due to coming down with a stomach bug the night before. For months after it happened he felt left out as his friends would excitedly talk about things they did while on camp. She may regret it if she does not go.
12-02-2015 15:40 #15
Another teacher here. While 4 nights is a long time I would encourage you to have her attend. Lots of kids are scared and nervous beforehand but most of the time they feel glad they've challenged themselves and gone. Her teachers can keep a special eye on her and as PPs said, allow her to check in with you at home.
Tbh I really think that not going 'widens the gap' between the experiences of her and her peers. They'll be talking about camp and what they did for literally months afterwards and it's likely she will still be reluctant next year if she doesn't go this year.
Your call and obviously I wouldn't shove her on the bus kicking and screaming but I have seen lots of nervous kids come out the other side brimming with pride at what they've achieved by going on camp.
12-02-2015 18:12 #16Senior Member
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12-02-2015 19:46 #19
Most schools I've worked at in Qld have had an overnight sleepover at school in Grade 2 or 3, a 2 night camp in Grade 4, then 2 or 3 nights in Grade 5 and 6. Year 7 and up 3 or 4 nights. So yes 4 nights seems like a lot for Year 5, but in most schools they would build up to that I'd imagine??
12-02-2015 20:19 #20
Could you come to a compromise? Would she be ok with going for daytime & you taking her home each night?
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