How to Help Your Child Have a Great Time at Sleepaway Camp in Virginia

Summer camp is a place where kids go to have fun, but they also learn so many important life skills. The camp facility at our Virginia sleep away camp leads to outdoor knowledge and appreciation, confidence building, and of course we can’t forget to mention the lifelong friendships that come out of a summer at Camp Friendship.

While so many great things come out of a summer camp experience, it’s common for children to feel an uneasiness about going away to camp. Here are some tips to help your child have, not only a great time, but a successful time at camp.

Listen/Talk About Concerns:
As the countdown to camp gets closer and closer, your children may begin to feel an uncertainty about going away to camp. Being away from home for the first time, (and even for return campers), and not having your family right by your side can seem scary! Ask your child how they feel about the summer camp program, and try to communicate your confidence in them to succeed. Remind them that summer camp is about having fun! Addressing any concerns your child may have before they get to camp, can definitely help them to relax and regain that excitement to ensure they have the best camp experience they can!

During Camp:
Communicate via writing! Ask specific questions about activities, camp life, friends, etc. While it’s ok to write that you miss your child, try to steer clear of comments such as “Champ the dog really misses you,” or “The house is so quiet without you hereā€¦”, etc.

If you are planning on sending packages, try to send things like postcards, cartoons, game books, puzzles, and other things that can become conversation starters. This can help ease interactions between children, as they have something to show, and/or a group activity to ask others to participate in.

If your child is expressing pleas to come get them, let them know that you love them and are confident in their abilities to get through it, and have a great time! You can always talk to the camp director/counselors, to get their advice on the situation. Camp professionals have been doing this for years, and will have great insight into the situation and tips on how to handle it.

Come the end of camp, your child will typically thank you for encouraging them to stay!! And, more importantly they will have gained experience and life skills that will help them as they grow!

We have a first time camper orientation taking place on Tuesday April 30th at 2pm. Contact us for more information. And feel free to contact with any questions/concerns about camp as the countdown to summer camp continues!

Virginia Summer Camp Open House

There are just 59 days left til Summer Camp is in session at Virginia’s Camp Friendship!
We are certainly getting ready for the upcoming summer camp season, and hope you are too! We’d like to invite you to our Spring Open House taking place this Saturday April 20th from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

Open house is a time for families and friends to come spend a few hours getting to know us. It will give you an opportunity to get an introduction to Camp Friendship, as well as meet our directors, founder, some of the staff that will be with your children during their stay at Camp Friendship, and also some of the other camp families!

Open house is the perfect time to get answers to any sleepaway summer camp questions you may have! You’ll also have the chance to check out the facilities. Visit the dining hall, living areas, program areas, watch camp videos, and have some snacks and refreshments.

If you are unable to make it just give us a call (1-800-873-3223) to schedule a tour, and we will be happy to make the necessary arrangements.

Camp Friendship is located at 573 Friendship Way, Palmyra, VA 22963

Children’s Exercise Tips from a Virginia Summer Camp

Spring is in the Virginia air, and summer camp is on its way! (Just 67 days…yes Camp Friendship is counting!) It’s time to get the children up off the couch and outside! However, it’s not always easy to pry their eyes away from the glowing boxes (TVs, Video Games, Tablets, Computers, Phones, etc…). According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD), in the past 30 yrs, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents.

The recommended regiment from the CDC, is 1 hr of physical activity at least 5 days a week for children ages 6 – 17 years old. How can you make this happen? Here are some tips to get you started.

Get the whole family involved:
Find fun activities the whole family can participate in, like family walks, family bike rides, frisbee, and basketball. Plan a weekly Saturday morning hike, or other outdoor adventure! Did you know we’ve got a Family Camp? Our summer camp is located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Find out more about our facilities and how to make the most of your summer vacation!

Replace the video games:
Of course the video games don’t have to permanently go, but make sure to also provide your children with bikes, jump ropes, kites, balls, and other fun outdoor games to keep them excited about being outside!

Be an example:
Children look up to their parents, so start by setting a good example. If you are excited to get outside and play, it may help motivate and get your kids excited to go out and play!

Make Time:
Life can get hectic, so why not plan your outdoor schedule. Make it a priority to set aside a few days a week to go outside and play with the kids.

How to handle TV:
Of course you can’t be activity 100% of the time! Relaxation and sleep are also important, but it’s how you integrate it into your life that makes the difference. The days are longer in the Spring and Summer, so get out and enjoy the sunshine for as long as you can, and leave the TV watching, and video games for the evening!

Maybe you can find some activity inspiration by looking at our Programs and Activities we have to offer. Get the kids excited and prepped for summer!