With a chance to explore the wonders of nature, meet new friends and the first-time independence of being away from home, summer camp is arguably one of the most life-changing events for many children and teenagers. A little preparation can go a long way in setting your daughter up for a happy and memorable summer away from home.

It’s never too early to start planning and preparing your daughter for going away to summer camp. Here are some great tips to make sure your daughter is feeling prepared, confident and excited about going to Camp Ak-O-Mak:

Talk About What to Expect

Starting something new can be exciting, but also a little frightening. It’s important to calm any fears by discussing these concerns ahead of time with your camper. Once she’s at camp, our head staff and counsellors are always available to address these concerns and ensure she has a great camp experience.

If this is the first time that your daughter has been away from home, your own positive attitude and encouragement will go a long way in calming her pre-camp jitters.  Most youngsters just need reminding that they are ready for this next step in their independence, even if they do not feel like it. Camp Ak-O-Mak’s expert staff and numerous sports activities guarantee loads of support and fun as they take this initial step towards independent living surrounded by like-minded friends!

Prepare for Homesickness

Homesickness is common and can be expected with camper, both new and experienced ones. However, you can help prevent or limit it by involving your daughter in the camp planning process.

First, make sure to choose a camp that fits her interests and personality. Staying busy and occupied is one of the best ways to mitigate homesickness, and that will be much easier for her if she’s spending her day engaged in activities that she loves.

While you may not get the chance to visit the camp or sit in at orientation, our website is filled with loads of information to answer her questions in advance and set reasonable expectations for her time spent at camp. We suggest going through the daily schedule (found on our website) with your camper as this outlines the activities she can expect to participate in and envision what a typical camp day will look like.

Another helpful tip is to speak with your child and set meaningful goals that they may want to achieve during their time at camp. This ensures a positive and productive time here at camp Ak-O-Mak and can help boost her excitement for this experience.

Pack Her Trunk – Together!

It’s important to involve your daughter in the process of creating a list of things to pack for camp. The camp’s packing list should be your starting point, but you’ll also want to think about specific items she’ll need for her preferred sports as well as some comfort items such as a familiar blanket or a picture of her family.

There’s nothing worse than losing something at camp, whether it’s a practical item or a cherished one from home. Label everything you can with their name, and since we’re a swim camp, make sure it’s waterproof too!

Talk About the Sports and Activities Offered

You’ll definitely want to get your daughter excited for camp by talking about some of the new sports she’ll be trying, and the ones she’s already familiar with to improve her skills.

Make sure to talk about specific skills she wants to improve on, such as one of her swimming strokes or participating in her first triathlon. We want to make sure that your daughter gets the most out of her time here at our summer sports camp, not only building on the skills that she already has, but also developing additional sports skills. Knowing what she wants to accomplish in advance is one of the best ways to make sure she achieves her goals throughout the summer.

Check Out the Website and Social Media

If you want to build even more excitement for summer sports camp, then let her see and read what camp is all about! Our website contains information about our programs and life at Camp Ak-O-Mak, and should answer most or all of any questions she has. To see what the fun is all about, visit our YouTube, Facebook or Instagram pages. Learning and seeing what camp is all about will help her picture herself at Camp Ak-O-Mak to ease her nerves and feel excited about the summer ahead.

Camp Ak-O-Mak is dedicated to providing a unique program and safe setting for your camper to learn, grow and make new friends in the process. Most importantly, we want to ensure your camper has as much fun as possible and we’re more than happy to help in every step of the way. To learn more on camp programs, speak with the Camp Director, or to get answers to additional inquiries on getting prepared for summer camp, feel free to call us at: 416-427-3171. Read the daily schedule, download brochures, registrations forms and more from our website: https://www.campakomak.com. We look forward to your child having an amazing summer at Camp Ak-O-Mak!