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Quote: Originally Posted by velochic I don't think this is about AP, either. The attachment part also means that as they mature, you let go according to their needs. If she wants to go and is O.K. with being out of contact except in the case of emergency, then let her go. If she is not comfortable with it, then try to find a camp/day camp that you can attend with her. She is excited about this camp because of the horseback riding. Darn, I...
Quote: Originally Posted by GuildJenn I worked at a really good camp for many years. (How to talk so kids will listen... and Parent Effectiveness Training were the core curriculum for counsellor training and it was where I first ran into the whole concept of GD.) I LOVED that book!
Quote: Originally Posted by LaughingHyena Now quite a few of the kids come with their own phones and I hate to say it is a real pain. The child with the phone often gets more upset after phoning home and the kids without phones are more upset because they can't phone. My idea is that the camp should allow cell phones but not let kids keep them on them at all time. Or, better, I LOVE the pay phone idea!. If they do cell phone, then all the camp...
Quote: Originally Posted by pigpokey Also, you can always call the camp during office hours, right? And say, how is my daughter doing? Generally when I was growing up, and as a counselor at Girl Scout camp, camp was No Calls. But that didn't mean if a child got hysterical they couldn't call home. They assured me they would call if it was an emergency or if a kid was so homesick that they just weren't functioning. My daughter asked how often...
Quote: Originally Posted by ~pi Honestly, I don't think this is about AP. You aren't talking about what your 11 year old daughter needs -- you are talking about what you want as a parent. . . . Who is the camp for, again? mama. I would be shocked if they didn't allow phone calls in exceptional circumstances (i.e. something horrible happening.) Well, when I posted this, I thought is was only my issue, but I have asked her again and she wants...
Quote: Originally Posted by Heavenly I was 11 when I started to go to overnight camp and I did just fine. I had a blast being away from my parents! I am sure she will do just fine and have a blast. She is independent and strong and bold and smart. I just think that no phone contact with parents feels wrong to both me and my husband and to her.
Quote: Originally Posted by intentionalmama You just really want to know that she is ok, and that you will miss her. Sounds like pretty normal feelings to me. Lesley Thank you. I was starting to feel that there was something wrong with me. I asked the camp, "Are there really parents who drop off their seven-year-olds for five days?" They said, there are some that drop them off for four weeks!
I am desperate for somebody to agree with me. Nobody agreed with me in another thread so I am starting this one. Isn't it unnatural for a camp that accepts 7-year-olds to prohibit the 7-year-old and the parent to talk to each other by telephone for 10 days? My daughter is not 7, she is 11. And she found this most wonderful perfect horseback riding camp. We visited it, we loved it, but they have a policy against telephone contact with a parent. They say it makes...
That is the exact explanation I got at camp. I understand why kids are not allowed to bring cell phones and bring computers with them. That kinda would ruin the camp experience if they weren't making new friends and riding horses, but instead talking to their friends or cousins or parents all the time. Or if they were online all the time. But, what is wrong with letting them take cell phones with them and letting them use them for 2 minutes each night. "Mom, I am...
UGGGH, I thought I would find people here that sympathized with me. I hadn't thought about the homesick getting worse. I guess, I just think if she is homesick, she should come home, not stay there and stay homesick. What is the point of that? At first I was worried that this camp would take my kid and disappear. How do I know they don't take all the pictures the first day and then post them gradually over the next ten days? How do I know they don't make them write...
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