Ontario Summer Camp is the Perfect Place for Hesitant Campers

As the Director of Kettleby Valley, an Ontario Summer Camp, I have the opportunity to meet with hundreds of parents. Over the years I’ve learned that, as parents, we hate to see our children struggle. The desire to protect our children is not unique to today’s families. Rather, it’s the way we define the term ‘struggle’ that separates us from other generations.

Most of the campers at Kettleby Valley are excited and enthusiastic about their upcoming camp experience. Yet, there are others who are ‘hesitant campers’. Throughout the year we receive comments from parents such as, ‘this is my daughter’s first overnight camp and we want her paired up with her cousin in order to make this a success.’ Most summer camps consider group requests as reasonable and we do our best to accommodate. However, what’s lost is the benefit that a child gains from learning to manage the anxiety of entering into a new adventure.

Camp is a safe environment filled with people who are supportive and eager to help children through the tough times and anxious moments of being away from home for the first time. The same cannot be said for other challenges that are waiting for our kids down the road.

It’s perfectly natural for us as parents to want to help our children in any way we can.  We know that the decision to send our kids to camp can be difficult, particularly when they’re hesitant about the experience. And resisting the temptation to control the experience in some fashion is equally as challenging. However, the parents that manage to do so will be taking a large step towards developing a healthy sense of independence within their child.

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Overnight Camp Update Summer 2021

As hard as it is to tell you this, we have come to the conclusion that we are unable to offer our overnight camp or canoe tripping programs this summer. I know that right now everything seems to be moving in a positive direction. However there is still a great deal of uncertainty about how the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen might unfold and this has motivated our decision to run day camp only for 2021.
Further details can be found here:
Overnight Camp 2021 Camp Experience
Holler Box
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