We had a play date yesterday with our kindy class and one mum was saying she's very nervous about letting her 3rd class son go on the 3 day school camp next term - it's for 2 nights, 2 X year 3 classes approx 44 boys their 4 teachers plus I think a few camp staff , probably half the mums agreed while the other half thought it would be a great experience - would you be comfortable letting your child go at that age?
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15-04-2016 10:41 #1
Would you be be comfortable sending your 8 year old to a school camp for 2 ni...
15-04-2016 10:46 #2
My 9 year old went to camp for the first time last term (same deal - 2 nights). It was fantastic, kids had a ball. I was all for it. I'm naturally an anxious person, but with my kids I'm working hard to embrace the wonderful experiences that come their way. I went to school camp at 9 years old and every year from then on. I also went to a girls brigade camp for a weekend when I was 8. These are all treasured memories. That's how I look at it - making memories to literally last a lifetime.
So to answer your question, yes I would be comfortable sending my 8 year old on camp. Some of the kids who went on my son's camp were 8.
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15-04-2016 10:57 #3
I can't speak as a parent since DS is only 8 months, but as a kid who went to sleep away almost all summer from age 7, I'd say heck yes. Summer camp is very common in North America and kids start fairly young. I don't think 2/3 nights is anything to lose sleep over. But to each their own.
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15-04-2016 11:00 #4
I've done it with my eldest he loved it and I felt he was very safe.
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15-04-2016 11:03 #5
I would be totally fine with it.
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15-04-2016 11:10 #6
DS1 will be off to camp in term 4, 3 days 2 nights. I am totally fine with it. He will have an absolute ball, and he is very excited about it. Supervision isn't a concern for me, 3 classes (approximately 40 students), 4 teachers, several parent helpers and the camp staff make for ample in my opinion.
Another plus side for our family is that his siblings get a break from him, and DS2 goes up in the pecking order for a few days, lol.
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15-04-2016 11:12 #7
I don't think I would, DS is 6.5 and I'm still not be comfortable with him having a sleep over anywhere other than grandparents.
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15-04-2016 11:13 #8
To be honest, I don't know. Year 3 is young!
Our school has a two night camp in year 5 and a 5 night camp in year 6. I am fine with both of these (apart from the cost of the year 6 camp )
15-04-2016 11:36 #9
No I wouldn't be. DD will be just turned 9 next year and have her first camp. It's only one night and at school but I'm still nervous thinking about it!
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15-04-2016 11:57 #10
My oldest is 8 and the thought actually makes it a bit hard to breath but I know I am being irrational so yes I would send him, I think he would benefit from it
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