When we think about camp, we think about canoeing, sports, waterskiing, afternoons spent at the beach, arts and crafts, s’mores and homesickness. Yes, that’s right, that’s the bad news, some kids do get homesick at camp.
The good news is that it’s ok, not only is it ok, but it’s a natural part of the experience for some kids. And while it’s not fun, it’s also not such a terrible thing.
With only 33 days till camp, we are busy getting things ready for what is shaping up to be an incredible summer!
It is amazing how much goes into getting a camp ready. I'm thrilled to tell you that our staff our hired, our schedules are made, camp is being set up, the infirmary is stocked, the ice is being made, the pool is filled and the kitchen is ready to go. All we need now is for our campers to come up and officially launch our very first summer at Camp Wingate!!!
Camp is a place to grow in every way. Children leave their homes and families in the city to find a different kind of family in the country. At camp children are suddenly sharing a bedroom and showers with dozens of other people and daily life is a very different picture from home. Camp helps children build self-confidence and self-esteem and gives them the chance to gain resiliency as they overcome any setbacks that come their way. Camp is a place to develop life-long skills that go beyond the tennis court or the basketball court. Camp teaches children how to share chores, resolve disagreements and grow more independent.
With only 57 days till camp, things at Wingate are really coming together! We are working on our programming, schedules, ideas for special events and evening activities but what has been occupying much of our time these last couple of months has been interviewing and hiring our staff. It is said that a camp is only as good as it’s staff. With that in mind we sat down before we started hiring and asked ourselves a few questions. What do we think makes a great camp counsellor? What qualities are we looking for in the people we hire? What are our expectations of our staff?
Children with ADHD thrive on structure, and few things provide more structure than school. So what’s a parent to do after the academic year ends? How can you make your child’s summer fun and productive?
If you plan wisely, there’s no need to worry. Here are the most important things to consider.
As the month of March comes to an end, spring is right around the corner! There is so much to look forward to in the next few months. The weather will finally warm up, school will come to an end and we will all be counting down the days as we get ready for summer. With only 88 days till camp starts, the image of warm summer days spent canoeing, playing tennis and enjoying the afternoon at the waterfront come to mind.
Launching a new camp is no small feat, but what an exciting thing to be a part of!! As the month of March begins, things at Camp Wingate are really starting to take shape. Campers are registering, we are meeting and hiring some amazing staff, our camp colors are chosen (blue and gold), program ideas are forming and an incredible camp culture is being born. As we talk and brainstorm our ideas about camp, the picture of what we want Camp Wingate to look like is becoming clearer every day.