In operation since 1922, Camp Waziyatah in Southern Maine knows that kids can be as nervous about attending their first multi-day, overnight summer camp as they are excited. If your child will be attending camp for the first time this summer, the following suggestions can help you prepare them for what to expect and ensure that their nervousness is the only thing that gets left behind.

Involve your child in the choice of camp. Kids who have played a role in choosing the camp they want to attend are much less likely to be nervous about the experience. Looking at photos or visiting the camp, if possible, can also help remove the anxiety that results from fear of the unknown.

Have a practice session. Before dropping your child off for two weeks at camp, make sure they are comfortable spending one or two nights away from home. A sleepover with friends or a stay with relatives can be a safe and easy way to get kids used to sleeping in a new room and spending time away from you. 

Pack together. Camps like Camp Waziyatah will typically have a comprehensive packing list. Check over the list, purchase supplies, and pack everything together. This is not only a way to build excitement about going to camp, but it also helps your child to know firsthand that they have everything they will need.