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How to Decide When Your Child is Ready for Camp

Children are ready for new experiences at different stages. Parents know their children best and these questions can help gauge whether this is the summer your child will start camp.

What's the Magic of Camp?

Why are people so loyal to their sleep-away camps? What exactly happens at camp that makes people rhapsodize about the experience 30 or 40 years later? Whenever I tell people that I am curious about the camp experience, the stories start to pour out. “I loved my camp,” they say in a dreamy voice.

Summer Camps: Then and Now

As KC Parent celebrates its 30th birthday, we take a look back at how summer camp has changed since 1985.

Five Reasons Your Child Needs Camp

There's much more to camp than just a good time. In addition to the fun, parents should be aware of these five reasons their child needs camp.

Choosing a Summer Camp for Your Child

As you and your children begin your camp search, it is important to learn about the three basic camp models: day camps, overnight camps and specialty camps (which can be day or overnight). There are pros and cons to each category, as listed below.

Current Camp Trends

Camp has been an American tradition for more than 150 years. Some things at camp—forming friendships, having fun, practicing new skills and making summer learning gains—will never change. But what are the camp trends today?

Sweeter Dreams at Sleep-Away Camp

This year, 10 million children will tote their sleeping bags to camp, but they may not do much sleeping. For many children, overnight camp is the first time they’ve slept away from their family for more than a night or two.

Camper Communication

Regardless of whether this is your child’s first or fifth time off to camp, every camper knows that mail call is an exciting time. Tara Markley, K-State Research & Extension Johnson County 4-H agent and camp director, says, “We encourage parents to mail handwritten letters with encouraging messages, such as ‘we hope that you are having a great time’ or ‘get out there and try something new and exciting.’”

Church Camp

Bring on the bonfire tunes and shaving cream wars, the zip lines, kayaks and blobbing and you’ve got summer camp! Throw in some friendship-making fellowship and faith-shaping communion, and it’s a whole new adventure. If you want to equip your child in all arenas of life—physical, mental, emotional, social—and ignite your child’s spiritual life with a passionate love for God and neighbor, then church camp’s the place to cabin up.

10 Reasons Why Teens Should Work at Camp

Any search for summer camp opportunities in the Kansas City Metro will yield a wealth of happenings. But what if a teen has already “been there, done that”? Perhaps it’s time to go back—not as a participant, but as a leader.
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