Don't have kids yet, but I'd like to think I would be okay with it. I was never allowed to go on any camps that came up and I felt like I was really missing out. As an adult, I still feel like I missed out on some great experiences. I think it's really unfair to deny your child something like that. I understand the fear, but I still think it's unfair.
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15-04-2016 11:05 #11
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15-04-2016 11:20 #12
I think it depends on the child.
If the child is comfortable being away from their home for 2 nights, is relatively sensible and has good relationships with their peers - possibly.
My DS is only 5 and has ASD - I don't know what he'll be like when he's 8. I would be most concerned about him absconding from the camp or being bullied by his peers. Actually, there would be a whole lot of things I'd also be concerned with that parents of a neurotypical child wouldn't need to consider. I'd say the chances of me letting him go would be slim to none.
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15-04-2016 11:25 #13Senior Member
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My oldest two are 10 and 8 and yes, I'd send them (I would fret because I'm a pretty anxious soul but I'd still send them.)
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15-04-2016 11:29 #14
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15-04-2016 11:31 #15
Definitely. 2 nights is not unusual for a grade 3 camp and they're usually not far away.
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15-04-2016 11:56 #16
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15-04-2016 12:16 #17
I would ask my ds if he wanted to go first off. If he said yes I would be ok with that in this scenario as I know the kids in his class and all the teachers at his school.
Ds started cubs a few months ago and they were doing a camp this weekend in which we are away so he isn't able to go but in this instance I wouldn't have allowed him to go as I don't know the leaders or the kids well enough yet.
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15-04-2016 12:21 #18
I would be fine with it. Last year kiddo went on camp not long after he turned 8 for 1 night. He loved it.
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15-04-2016 12:48 #19Senior Member
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Would you be be comfortable sending your 8 year old to a school camp for 2 ni...
15-04-2016 12:52 #20
My DD has severe asthma & has had multiple midnight trips to hospital in an ambulance, &has had some quite close calls. So I would be hesitant for that reason alone - a different environment can trigger an asthma attack. It would depend on how far away an ambulance would be, the confidence of her caregivers/their experience with asthma. I would be open to driving her there &bringing her home to sleep, or DH or I stayong as a parent helper.
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