Summer Camp Etiquette Every Child Should Know

The camp experience requires good manners from every child

Practice good manners before your child heads off to summer camp.

 Summer camp is an experience that can teach your tween lifelong lessons and foster lifelong skills. If your tween will attend summer camp this year, there are a number of etiquette rules you should review with your child before he packs his bags. Good etiquette will help your camper make friends, and make the most of the camp experience. Below are some etiquette guidelines your tween should know while he's away at summer camp.

Summer Camp Etiquette - What Tweens Should Know

Include Others: If your child attends summer camp with a sibling or friend, it might be tempting for them to buddy up and spend the whole time together. But one of the perks of summer camp is making new friends and expanding one's social circle. Be sure your child know that he should try to befriend other campers, and include them. He could ask another camper to play a game of cards, visit the camp canteen together, or sit next to him at lunch or dinner. 

Share: Sharing is an important part of the camp experience. Your child will share a cabin with others, perhaps even a bunk bed. Be sure your tween knows how to graciously share space with others. He should also be willing to share sunscreen, bug repellent, or even goodies you send in a care package with others. You might even think about sending your child to camp with something he can share with his cabin mates -- such as a game, or camp approved snacks.

It's also important that your child understand that he will share space with others. That means keeping his bunk tidy, and picking up his things and putting them away.

Listen and Follow Directions: You know how hard it is when your child doesn't listen to you or follow your instructions. Imagine being a camp counselor with 15 kids who did the same.

 Take the time to tell your child that he needs to listen to his counselor and follow their instructions -- for his own safety and also to help make their jobs easier and the camp experience better for everyone. By listening to those in charge, you tween will set a good example for the other campers. 

Thank Staff and Volunteers: Campers don't make a lot of money and many summer camps are run as non profit agencies. Your child should take the time at the end of summer camp to thank all those who helped make the experience a memorable one. You might even consider sending your child to camp with thank you cards or stationary so that he can write a personal "Thank You" note to his counselors, the camp volunteers, the camp nurse, and other staff members.

Do His Best: Your tween might be tested while at summer camp. He might be encouraged to try new adventures, such as horseback riding, or new foods. Whatever the experience, make sure your tween is up for it. Let him know that the staff wouldn't ask him to try anything that was dangerous, and that he might discover something wonderful while exploring new ground.

Whatever the challenge, if your tween tries his best, he will not only demonstrate that he's a team player, but that his open to new experiences. 

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