Sleepaway Camp: Is Your Child Ready?

At this time of year, families all over the country are asking a similar question with regards to their summer plans – is it time to try sleepaway camp? Although summer may seem like light-years away, Camp Friendship encourages parents to consider these important questions before making any decisions.

Summer camp in VirginiaReady?
First of all, it’s important to note that it’s not only your child that needs to be ready for sleepaway camp – as parents, you need to feel ready too! Your family’s readiness for sleepaway camp depends heavily on your parenting style, your child’s age and temperament as well as their comfort level at sleeping away from home with friends or relatives. If your child has already mentioned the idea of sleepaway camp or has friends that attend sleepaway camps, this is a good sign that they might be ready.

From a young age, children seek ways to develop their autonomy, and overnight camp is an environment that supports this natural development in a completely organic way.

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With over 7000 overnight camps to choose from, it’s important to pick the camp that fits your child’s hopes and expectations for their first overnight camp experience. Top tip: Involve your child in the decision making process! Studies on homesickness have found that children handle separation best when they feel in control. Giving your child the opportunity to help pick out a camp will boost confidence, ease anxiety and reduce homesickness. As a family, decide whether you are looking for a one week experience or for something longer. Find out from your camper whether they are hoping to try a wide variety of new activities, or specialize in an activity such as gymnastics or horseback riding. To find the camp that’s right for you, ask fellow parents or check out – a resource provided by the American Camp Association.

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Contact the camp to take a tour, or take a virtual tour online. With the season of camp fairs upon us, many parents will visit local malls and schools to meet camp directors and find out more about their summer options. Camp Friendship offers shorter Spring Break or weekend camp experiences to give first-time campers a taste of the overnight camp experience. Family Camp is another sure-fire way to get the whole family on board, and day camps are always a popular first step.

sleepaway camp in VirginiaEven if you decide that 2018 is not the summer for your family, rest assured that parents all over the country are unified in their opinions on the benefits of summer camp. Many parents comment specifically on their children’s increased independence and confidence when speaking with teachers and other adults, as well as improvements in their cooperation with siblings and classmates. One parent shared that instead of investing in private school they opt to send their children to Camp Friendship. They haven’t regretted a single summer!

Unfortunately, sometimes as a parent you will only get a definitive answer on readiness when you arrive to pick your camper up from camp. If you find them crying to stay for longer, chances are your family made the right choice!

Overnight Camp near Delaware

Are you looking for a special overnight camp Near Delaware for your children? Well, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains lies Camp Friendship, a perfect choice for your child. Camp Friendship is for boys and girls ages 7-16. While creating wonderful memories, your children can gain independence, build social values and confidence during their summer stay here.

We offer several summer camp programs where camper’s develop a sense of accomplishment through the development of new activity skills and enhance their social growth. Camp Friendship has a variety of water sports to be enjoyed on Friendship Lake, at our Junior Olympic size pool, and 3 1/2 miles of river frontage on the scenic Rivanna River. Give them a chance to experience not only making new friends…but having the most fun at our facility with the best staff available. We guarantee your child or children will have the best summer ever with us!

We want to help you to make the best choice, so schedule a tour and see what we have to offer your child, and why kids come back year after year. To find out more about Camp Friendship, an overnight camp near Delawarecontact us at 1-800-873-3223 or 434-589-8950 or email us at –


Local Camp Virginia

Let your child experience a great summer at a local camp in Virginia called Camp Friendship. What helps to make Camp Friendship the best overnight camp in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia is campers can have a fun, safe camp experience and enjoy riding horses! Your camper can spend their summer having endless fun playing with horses in the river or taking them out on our extensive cross country trails! They’ll learn how to care for and respect horses. If your child is a beginner or an advanced rider, Camp Friendship has the perfect program for them.

See our Camp Friendship News Page and learn about how much fun it can be to let your child enjoy horses and horseback riding in VirginiaContact us at 1-800-873-3223 for more information about our overnight equestrian summer camp.

Best Overnight Camp for Teens Virginia

Camp Friendship’s reputation as the best overnight camp for teens is unanimous with our Virginia campers! Camp Friendship is the best residential overnight camp for teens because we ensure that each one of our campers leaves our Virginia facility with a new sense of freedom and responsibility, new skills, new friends, and happy summer memories to last a lifetime! We offer teens aged 13-16 an opportunity to have a summer camp experience focused on responsibility, independence, and making individual choices. Teens participating in our sleep away Senior Village program create their own daily schedules from our wide variety of activities, participating in exciting events such as high ropes, team challenges, evening sports and talent shows.

See for yourself why Camp Friendship is the best overnight camp for teens and why our campers return year after year! Contact us today or visit our website to learn more!