If your child is attending sleep-away camp for the first time there are several things you can do to help make the transition as smooth as possible. Consider planning a visit to Pali to check out the grounds & accommodations. If you plan to make an overnight trip there are several nearby hotels & cabins.
You can also help your child prepare for camp by allowing him/her to sleepover at another friend’s house or by visiting relatives for a few days. Many children are unfamiliar with cohabitation so it’s useful to simulate a situation in which your child is sharing a room and explain the importance of keeping their space tidy. Allowing your child to partake in grocery shopping, making the bed, organizing, and packing their camp trunk can help them feel prepared.
It’s also a good idea to explain how you will be communicating with your child while they’re away. Pali does not recommend calls & visits as this may promote homesickness. Our camp counselors work to ensure your child is socializing and having the best experience possible. Pali does allow for homemade care packages (please read “what to do if my child is homesick” for care package information). If you feel the need to check on your child please feel free to call and speak with one of our head counselors.
Parents are expected to evaluate their 8 to 16 year old prior to enrollment. Your child must be ready to be away from home for the duration of their session with no parent contact, with the exception of written letters. Mild homesickness is natural and our staff will be ready with hugs and advice. With that in mind, parents should think carefully before sending campers who have limited experience away from home or who are not excited about participating in camp, as there are no refunds for campers unable to stay for the duration of their session. We expect campers to arrive with a positive attitude – ready to make new friends and learn new skills. We’ll be waiting for them with open arms, fun activities, and great food!