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Camp Walt Whitman, located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is the best coed sleepaway camp available in New England. Boys and girls from 2nd grade to teens have the time of their lives every summer. Visit site: Camp Walt Whitman 1000 Cape Moonshine Rd Piermont, NH 03779 603-764-5521 cww@campwalt.com – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Your Child's First Year At Overnight Summer Camp


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Sending your youngster off for his first summer
away at sleepaway camp is a huge event for many
parents.
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How will your little one ever survive without
your protection and guidance?
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The answer is, probably very well after a bit of
initial homesickness.
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Camp counselors are well trained in the art of
making kids at ease with new friends and in
unfamiliar surroundings
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and while youve been suffering the pangs of
parental anxiety at home your camper has been off
swimming, sailing and giggling around the
campfire.
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Relax and make the big step easier for everyone
by following a few helpful hints.
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Start With a Sleepover
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If your youngster hasnt spent overnight time
away without you, schedule a sleepover with a
good friend or with a relative he hasnt stayed
with before.
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This will get him a bit more comfortable with
staying overnight in less familiar surroundings
and also help you realize hell be fine away from
home for a while.
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Just dont pick him up if he calls in the middle
of the night!
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Make A List
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Make a list of summer camp essentials with your
new camper, making sure to include a few little
luxuries (not too pricey) like the latest trendy
socks.
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It will make your youngster feel well prepared
and also cool enough to fit in.
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Once you know what you need, go shopping!
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Kids love to spend your money and can have fun
picking out things theyll be using on their new
adventure.
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One real ice-breaker on a hot day is a hand-held
water misting fan, sure to draw in lots of new
friends in sweaty weather.
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Realistic Expectations
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Have an honest talk with your new camper about
expectations.
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Most parents tell kids theyll love overnight
summer camp, which is more than likely the truth,
but its good to address the fact that there
might be a bit of an adjustment.
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Let her know some homesickness is perfectly
normal and try to brainstorm some ways they might
work around it, like staying extra-busy or
talking to her cabin counselor.
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If kids are expecting to be perfectly happy right
off the bat, the first hint of longing for home
may send them into a tailspin.
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The Short Goodbye
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Once youre at the big drop-off, make your
goodbyes short and sweet.
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You may be feeling teary-eyed and emotional, but
keep your feelings in check until youre back in
the car and on the way home.
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While you may think a few tears will make your
child feel loved, it may actually just serve to
make him feel guilty about leaving you alone and
miserable without him.
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Give him a hug, tell him to have fun and above
all, do NOT tell him youll come and get him if
he doesnt like it
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that just sets your camper up for taking the
path of least resistance leaving if he feels
homesick.
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News from the Home Front
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Kids at sleepaway camp love letters from home,
and youll treasure their often entertaining
epistles.
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Hopefully, youve packed them some stationary,
pens and self-addressed, stamped envelopes so
they have no excuse not to write!
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Letters should ask lots of questions (and not
things like are you lonely? ) and make home seem
pretty quiet and normal
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its not the time to let them know in on news
like a new puppy that may make home seem more
exciting than camp.
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Let them know youre glad they have the chance to
have this amazing summer experience
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but dont make them feel guilty by rattling on
about how lonely the house is without them.
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Remember, summer camp is an amazing experience
for your child, offering incomparable
opportunities for making friends
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enjoying new experiences, growing emotionally
and socially and creating magical memories that
will last a lifetime.
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And youll be just fine for a month or two
without him!
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If you're considering sending your child to an
overnight summer camp, be sure to visit our site
to learn about Camp Walt Whitman.
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Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire,
Camp Walt Whitman offers a safe, nurturing
environment in a beautiful mountain setting.
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Our camp is a coed sleepaway camp, with separate
areas for boys and girls.
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The kids have a blast, and make friendships that
can last a lifetime.
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www.campwalt.com
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CAMP WALT WHITMAN
1000 Cape Moonshine Rd Piermont, NH
03779 603-764-5521 cww_at_campwalt.com
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