Many of our primary students are heading off on camps over the coming weeks. In this article, we explore the benefits to children of participating in a school camp and how you can help prepare your child for camp.
We believe the benefits of camps include
· Experiential learning - learning through reflection on doing, hands on.
· Building independence
· Strengthening the social bond within a class and helping create new friendships and learning appreciate classmates in new ways
· Developing self esteem
· Developing team building and leadership skills
· Encouraging physical fitness and active lifestyles
· Children developing trust with other adults
Children can take full opportunity of these benefits if they are open minded, relaxed and appropriately prepared for camp.
Some children, particularly those who have not been on a camp before, may have reservations. These may include concerns over
· Missing home and family
· Not liking the food
· Not being able to do the tasks asked
· Sleeping in a strange place
Whilst parents may be tempted to comfort their child the better approach is to acknowledge their fear or anxiety up front and help your child come up with possible strategies or find the answers to their question themselves so they can deal with their issues.
To help with this preparation we would encourage all Upper Primary School students to pack themselves and let parents double-check everything is packed. Lower Primary Students can help with their packing as well.
At LCIS we aim to ensure that your child’s camp experience is a positive one by
o Ensuring that children are accompanied at all times by an LCIS member of staff
o Providing you with information on locations and activities so that you can discuss with your children in advance
o Using camp companies that are properly insured and certified, with staff, that are qualified to lead the various activities.