Overnight vs. Day Camp – Is my Child ready?
The decision between Overnight or Day camps can be complicated if you are not sure which type would be right for your child.
Is my child ready for an overnight camp? This is one of the most popular questions we get asked. The answer, however, is nearly impossible for anyone to know but yourself. As a parent, you want your child the have the best camp experience possible. It’s trying to decide if they are ready for that first Overnight camp experience that can keep you up at night. Here are a 3 easy tips that we suggest while trying to decide:
- Ask Your Child – If they seem and are vocal about wanting to try an Overnight camp, that is usually a good sign that they might be ready. If they seem unsure about the option, give them some time to consider and share stories of your own positive overnight camp experiences from your childhood.
- Phone a Friend – The easiest way to tackle a first overnight camp experience is with a friend. Check with your neighbors, friends or family to see if there is a friend or relative that might also be interested in attending camp. This will help ease the tension and conquering that “alone” feeling.
- Check out the “Lay of the Land” – Take your child by the camp location. Preferably when another camp is going on, so they can picture themselves in those shoes. If camp isn’t going on yet, try visiting the location or campus on your own. This will make your child feel more comfortable with the location and overall “idea” of the camp.
If your child does not seem ready or excited about the idea of an Overnight camp, we recommend trying a Day camp first and then eventually building up to the Overnight option. Building familiarity in any area can help your child prepare for the making the jump from Day to Overnight.
The Wilson Collegiate Tennis Camp curriculums for Day and Overnight Camps is very similar. Our Day Camps are a shorter option that typically include two options: Full or Half Day. Our Overnight Camps include food and lodging as well as popular social activities off the Tennis Court. Both types of camps receive the same on-court instruction and teaching techniques.
As highlighted above, choosing between a Day or Overnight camp can be a little tricky. With time and patience, you as a parent, will come the best decision for your child and with our multiple camper types and options, there is always a camp that is right for any child!