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Debunking Myths About Summer Camp

3. My child should attend sleepaway camp with a friend or a sibling.

Sending your child to camp with a buddy is a tricky decision, and you should weigh all facts carefully before coming to a conclusion. First, remember that what works for a friend or a sibling won't necessarily work for your child. When choosing a camp, keep your child's needs in mind and don't automatically assume that he will be happy where his friends are. Also, camp presents an entirely unknown social stratosphere. Old, familiar relationships may take on new characteristics within a fresh context, which can cause tension between friends. Consider also that your child may be ready to explore different elements of his character at camp. Perhaps he wishes to come out of his shell and try being friendly and outgoing, rather than the shy student he is at school. Surrounded by familiar faces, he may be bogged down by his customary role and feel unable to develop.

4. My special needs child has no camp options.

These days, camp is for everyone. Developmentally disabled children can choose from numerous options and enjoy a wonderful time at summer camp. Children with ADHD, dyslexia, learning disorders, and physical and mental handicaps can benefit from working with counselors who are trained to help them. Your child will welcome the opportunity to spend time with other children and participate in summer camp activities. Be sure to do detailed research on facilities and staff.

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