Let’s be honest, sending your child away to camp can be nerve-racking. Whether it’s for a few days or a few weeks, it’s hard to hand over the full-time care of your child to somebody else. CYJ-Texas wants summer camp to be a fun-filled opportunity to learn and grow for the whole family, so we’ve put together a few tips to help you keep your cool when your child goes to camp.
Tip #1: Do your homework.
A lot of the worry that parents feel while their children are at camp is caused by the unknown. What if there’s an emergency? What if their child isn’t eating enough? What if they get injured? Those questions are all normal, and CYJ’s website has answers! For instance, did you know that you can email or call our Camper Care team to check on your camper while they’re away from home? It’s a great way to calm those niggling little worries that might crop up in the back of your mind. If you get all of the important, fundamental questions out of your system before you send your child away, you’ll feel a lot more relaxed while they’re gone.
Tip #2: Follow us on social media (and turn on those post notifications so you don’t miss a thing!)
There’s no shame in monitoring (aka stalking) CYJ-Texas’ social media feeds during camp! We’re on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and we’ll be posting pictures all the time. If you look closely, there’s a good chance you’ll spy your child swimming, zip-lining, or generally having so much fun that you might get a little jealous. And your “MyCYJ” account will grant you access to all kinds of additional updates and pictures from camp via our partners at CampInTouch! There’s even a service that will let you and your family email your camper and have them write a response to you. With so many ways to stay connected, camp will fly by. Your camper will be home before you know it, and already looking forward to next summer!
Tip #3: Try to build in a little time for self-care while your child is at camp.
At this point, it’s probably cliché, but it really is important. Treat yourself to something relaxing, whether you like dinner with friends, a hot bath or time set aside to read a good book. You know that sending your child to camp will help them build self-sufficiency, a sense of responsibility, and memories to last a lifetime, but there’s no doubt that the house will be quieter without them. It can be really stressful to be separated from your child, especially if it’s the first time that they’ve spent a significant amount of time away from you since they were born! The best thing you can do for yourself and for your family while your child is away is to manage that added stress by taking a little extra care of yourself.
With the first session of camp well underway, we know that there are a lot of CYJ parents out there missing their kiddos! We hope that these tips help to ease that transition for you. Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram for more updates as the summer progresses, and we’ll be in touch soon!