Does anyone else feel like it was just Christmas?
Breaking news – it is already May! Flowers are beginning to bloom and it gets warmer each day! Parents, your kids will be out of school soon! This means lazy days by the pool are in your very near future. This also means camp is just around the corner.
Here are some things you can do to prepare your kids for camp as the summer approaches:
1. Pray for them. One of the most important things you can do for your kids is to pray for them. As you pray for them, pray with them too!
2. Familiarize your kids with the theme and verses for camp. Each year at CentriKid, we have a theme and a key verse of scripture. This year’s theme is Out of this World: Where God is Always with Us; the key verse is found in Revelation 21:3. Most camps have a theme that goes along with the bible study material for the week. Getting your kids familiar with this before hand will help them to begin learning before they even get to camp!
3. Calm their fears. Your kids may be a little nervous about being away from home for an entire week. Do your best to ease their nerves before they leave. This will help set them up to have a great week of camp. As parents, it is perfectly normal for you to also be nervous about your kids being away for home. Try not to show them that you are nervous too!
5. Get them excited! After calming their fears, get them excited! When I was a kid, the night before camp always felt kind of like the night before Christmas. Share in their excitement about coming to camp. Go out to eat as a family the night before camp or do something special to get them even more excited! This will be something they remember for years to come.
6. Use a packing list to make sure your kids have everything they need! At CentriKid we provide a generic packing list to use when preparing for camp. A packing list is a great tool to help you prepare your kids for camp!