Our camp families come from many places! Here, Jodi Weest writes about her lifelong (and intergenerational!) experiences with camp.
My daughter, Kyrrie, attended camp for the first time this past summer as a 9 year old. She was also put in Tamarack with a wonderful counselor named Star. She loved it so much that she has been begging to go to the two-week session next summer. I was a nervous wreck putting her on the bus that Sunday morning, but I knew that she would be protected and watched over by the best staff. My husband can testify to the amount of times I checked facebook looking for the post that the bus arrived at camp safely. Even though I missed her terribly, I will gladly send her to camp again (and probably for the two-week experience like she’s begging us to).
To any parent who is nervous about sending your daughter to camp: if your daughter wants to go, then let her have that experience. She will be very safe and well taken care of. In addition, your daughter will come home with new skills and a stronger relationship with God. She will also gain something that you can’t give her, and that is independence. I believe it’s very important for all children to learn how to survive without their parents being there all the time to rescue them. Camp is a safe environment for children to spread their wings and learn how to pick themselves up when they fall.