3 Tips for Sending Your Child to Camp in Another State
How to Prepare For
Sleep-away Summer Camp In Another State
Sending your child to
sleep-away camp is a big step, let alone sending them to camp in another state!
It’s totally natural to worry about being far away in the case of an emergency
or worrying about your child feeling homesick. Fortunately, at Pali Adventures,
we host campers from over 42 states, so chances are that your child will
quickly and easily bond with other kids over their shared experience of being
away from home.
Rest assured that camp
counselors and staff at Pali Adventures take your child’s health and safety
very seriously, and our are on duty 24/7. Your child will have a blast
exploring the new landscape of Southern California, and getting to know kids
from all over the country and world! Here are three steps that you can take to
prepare your child for attending an overnight summer camp in California.
1) Research the Climate
As you decide between
different sleep-away summer camps to send your child to, climate should be one
of several important factors you consider. The weather at camp may be very
different than your climate at home, so make sure you talk to your child about
how to properly dress for the elements. To make things easier, Pali Adventures
provides a handy camp packing checklist, so you can make
sure you don’t forget anything.
Many overnight summer
camps in California have mostly warm, dry weather all summer long, so make sure
to pack a hat with a brim and plenty of sunblock, too. Talk to your child about
the benefits of staying hydrated, especially if you are traveling from a more
humid area. Pali Adventures is located in the San Bernardino Mountains, which
boasts average temperatures of around 89-96 degrees in June and July.After
sunset the temperature tends to cool off a bit, so make sure you pack something
cozy to wear around the campfire.
2) Different Time Zones
Switching time zones to
attend an overnight summer camp in California may be the last of your worries
as you prepare everything for the big day. If your child is traveling across
the country, they will inevitably experience some jet-lag. Overnight summer
camps, like Pali, are generally very understanding when it comes to giving kids
time to adjust from jet lag, so talk with your camp ahead of time to see when
your child should arrive.
If your child is
traveling from the East coast they may need a day or two to adjust to West
coast time. Since everyone has the same bedtime at camp, this means that kids
quickly get adjusted to their new schedule. At Pali, we recommended sending
your child to camp for a minimum of two sessions — oftentimes, the first week
is more of an adjustment period where kids are getting acclimated with their
new surroundings and settling into their new routines. Plus, if your child is
traveling far, it might make more sense to stay a little longer!
3) Flying Versus Driving
When attending a
sleep-away summer camp that is out of state, you have to decide whether it makes
more sense to drive or to have your child fly. Start by assessing both the
distance and the time it will take for your child to arrive at camp, in
addition to talking with your child about how comfortable they are traveling
If you decide to drive
and are traveling for more than six hours each way, you may want to consider
finding overnight accommodations in San Bernardino. When attending an overnight
summer camp in California there are lots of places for you and your family to
stay before and after camp, so consider making a vacation out of your drive to
pick up your child. Visit the Pali Adventures blog for accommodation
suggestions. [link when blog is live]
If a road trip is not in
the cards, you may find that flying is actually the best option. If your camper
is flying, try to make the experience as easy as possible. Book a direct flight
to reduce the stress of layovers, quickly having to navigate unfamiliar
airports, and the possibility of missing a connection. Depending on how
frequently your child travels, you can also leverage TSA pre-check to help them
expedite their way through long security lines.
Sending your child to
camp in another state definitely adds an element of adventure to your summer
camp experience! With just a little bit of planning, you can make sure things
go smoothly come departure day. Pali recommends booking flight/travel
accommodations as soon as you enroll your child in camp, that way you’re not scrambling
to book a last minute flight or hotel – which can definitely get pricey!
For more tips on
preparing for summer camp, check out the Pali blog.