The Values of Camp: Making Your Bed!

posted by on Sep 10, 2019

We often hear that one of the very first things our new campers write home to their parents about are the cabin chores, specifically making their beds every single morning. Why bother making their beds when they’re just going to get messy again that night? Isn’t camp supposed to be all fun and games? At CYJ there are principles underlying every aspect of our program, even making the bed every morning! So what’s the big deal? Why is it important to teach children the habit of making their beds? Keep reading to find out!

It sets the tone for the rest of the day

Having your children make their bed first thing in the morning will set the tone for the rest of their day. They will start off the morning having accomplished the first thing on their to-do list, and that will get the ball rolling toward school work, chores, and extracurricular activities. Making the bed is the perfect way to build momentum in the early morning.

It helps them stay up and at’em

Have you ever noticed that beds are comfiest and coziest first thing in the morning? It’s easy for children (or adults!) to spend a whole Sunday morning curled up in bed with cartoons or a fun video game. Of course, all children should have a lazy Sunday every once in a while, but when it becomes a habit it also becomes a hazard. Growing bodies need as much physical activity as possible, and laying in bed all day won’t get the job done. Once the bed is made, it’s much less likely that they’ll lay back down until nap time or bedtime.

It’s a quick way to de-stress

Having a made-bed makes the whole room feel tidier. Can you imagine what our cabins would look like if our campers didn’t make their beds!? Mess leads to stress but just by straightening up the centerpiece of the room, all of that stress starts to dissolve. Even if your child is still too young to feel frazzled by a messy room, teaching them to make their bed every morning will still help you to feel less stressed! And who wouldn’t want a more mellow parent? It’s a win-win. 

We hope your child will learn the habit of making their bed while they’re at camp with us and carry it on all year long. It’s our way of teaching all of our campers to get their days started on the right foot and it’s one little thing that makes a big difference over time.