My daughter's going to camp tomorrow!
July 28, 2007 6:49am CST
My daughter (almost 11) is going to Quebec (far) to the Tim's Horton's charity camp. First I would love to thanks the people who chose my child for this once in a lifetime experience. She will be going on a plane for the first time and is gone for 10 days. We are so excited here and a lit nervous. She is in transition from girl to teen and I feel she will come back so much more grown up, I don't know if I am ready?!? This is her first time very far away from home without family, but doesn't seem nervous. She can write and I can fax out letters to her but understandably they don't want 80 parents phoning all the time to take the kids away from fun just to see how they are doing. They will phone to let us know they arrived save though. This will be her first exposure to many different cultures as well. What are your experiences with your children going to camp?
31 Jul 07
That really sounds like a once in a lifetime experience for your little girl Vic. I sure understand your worries and concerns, especially as it is her first time she is going away without her family and 10 days is a 'long' time, after all she is your little girl and that is how you are supposed to feel. I think some times our emotions, as parrents, is making us not see things for what they really are. We are affraid that our kids will find out they can manage without us arround. Coz when that is happening, they become more independant and therefore will not need you the same way as before. But in situations like the one you and your daughter iare in, you should think of your daughter only. I see that you are aware yourself, that it is a once i a lifetime oportunity for her, and that is good. Also you allow her to go despite of your worries and concerns, thats good too. Be in no doubt that she will come back a different girl than the one you send of, but it will all be to the better for her. A camp will provide her with something that you will never be able to give to her. Alone the social aspect of this is invalueable and could open up for freindsships that will last for many years to come, and will make you feel as part of a team. I can only recomend you supporting your girl in this Vic. She will change but she will still be your girl as will you continue to be her mum.
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31 Jul 07
Thanks Kim, I am actually doing fine with her gone. It is weird and the boys and I miss her (not sleeping so great) but I am sure she is having a ball and I am glad for it. I always said one of my jobs as a parent is to help my children become independent, positive, functional assets to society and that means letting go a bit at a time and this is a great opportunity to do this. I spent many years with young children that needed me so much and now my family is starting a new stage of gaining independence and I am a little scared but also very excited to see my family grow into great people and characters. Vicki
3 Aug 07
That is what it should be all about Vic. Ofcourse you should be there when your kids need you, and sure there will still be times when mum comes handy, but you should also be willing to support their independance and let go in due course. Im sure she is having a ball, and just as you cant wait for her to come home and hear about it all, she will be dying to come home and share it all with you. :)
29 Jul 07
Hi Vicki, This will be a great opportunity for your daughter. These things often only come once in a lifetime and she will remember it forever. You certainly made the right choice in letting her go. My daughters have been to camps as well and it is always nervewracking to let them go. However, when it is done, everyone is always glad for the experience. You are right about not phoning, this is a chance for your daughter to begin to discover herself and what better place to do it then in a fully supervised camp. Sometimes kids need to get away from their parents in order to let these things happen. cheers,
• United States
29 Jul 07
The frist time my kids when to camp was 6th grade camp. It was about the same age your daughter is now. I was nervous, my kids took the school bus and went with their class mates. It seems yours daughter will be going farther and with strangers what a brave girl. I wish her luck and I know she will have a great time. Mom I think you will miss her more then she will miss you. hahaha. Good luck to you. I know when my kids started leaving like that I was a nervous wreck. They always came home in one piece but I was so nervous. Good luck to all.
29 Jul 07
Thanks! I just got home from seeing her off. We had to get up at 4:30 a.m. to catch the bus that will take her to the airport. I am so tired but 3 cups of coffee to get me going I am not able to get back to sleep. She was great but I got a little watery. I miss her already. :) Vicki
• Guangzhou, China
28 Jul 07
It's so surprising me that a 11 girl will go to a camp by plane. Here seldom children will do so, perhaps the parents are so worried about it, so it won't be allowed. Prepare and pack her bag well. I hope she will have a good time. What an independent girl:)
28 Jul 07
It usually doesn't happen here either. It is shocking too but it is sponsored by a major company here in Canada and the goal is to give children from low income homes an experience they would otherwise wouldn't be able to do. Thanks for your post! I hope she has a great time!