So your child is going away to summer camp for the first time. As you say goodbye there's a big lump in your throat, and you wonder more than once "how is she going to have a great first day away from home?" "Is he going to make friends?" "Is this summer camp ready to help my child truly be happy and independent for the next 7 weeks?"
It seems that just about every new camper and parent has concerns about homesickness. Would you like to see and hear how some of our most talented camp counselors not only help our campers through it, but leave them feeling more resilient and more confident?
To truly understand a summer camp community you need to know its camp counselors, so we want to introduce you to some of ours!
It's a question children and parents ask me all the time: so what's the first day like at Kenwood and Evergreen? Implicit in the question is the concern how do I know that my child will be ok in this new community? Will she make new friends? Will he be glad that he signed up for this adventure? Well, let me share with what our opening day was like.
An open letter about the first day of summer camp at Camps Kenwood and Evergreen in NH.
Below is a letter that was sent to all Kenwood & Evergreen parents late last evening:
It is a beautiful starry night; a perfect end to as perfect an Opening Day as I can recall. Your children are sleeping in their beds, unless they are Senior campers, who are likely still awake, talking the night away. When you last saw them, your children were speeding away from you on those big yellow Yankee Lines buses. You were likely trying to spot your child in the tinted windows for one last wave. It is never easy to say goodbye to your incredible kids, and though I believe you are confident that they are in good hands, those are tough moments. We often cry more than our children at moments like those, or do our best to hide our tears so we don't send them mixed messages.