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How to Know Your Kid Is Ready for Camp

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You think your child is ready for Jewish summer camp. You know you are ready for them to go to Jewish summer camp. But how can you be certain that this year is the one? Here are some great rules of thumb to consider before packing your child’s bags.

The first thing to ask yourself is whether or not your child can sleep away from home comfortably. Have they spent the night at a relative’s home? Maybe they have sleepovers with friends. If your child can handle these nights away without incident, it’s a good indicator that they are ready for camp.

The next thing to ask yourself is whether or not your child can swim. Every Jewish summer camp will have its own policies with regards to children in the water, but your little one should be able to swim at least one length of a pool. This will ensure they are able to take part in activities that the camp offers.

Lastly, ask your child if they are ready. While some kids relish the idea of time away from home, others become anxious at the thought. For these little ones, a day camp may be a better option and a way to get used to “camp” life before they take the plunge at an overnight camp.

There is financial aid for Jewish summer camp available. Reach out to the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta for more information on how your child may be able to participate in a camp near you.