Do you allow your child to go to camp?

United States
February 13, 2007 11:45pm CST
My debate is what age should children be allowed to go to a camp (week-long). My son has been going to camp every summer since he was seven. I was shocked to meet lots of parents at school who are just now at the age of ten letting their child go to camp! I love my son very much and am protective of him.I believe that over protection is bad for the child.How do you see it?
3 responses
@cripfemme (7718)
• United States
14 Feb 07
Children need to learn to be separate from their families. Have different ideas and the like. I'll start sending my kids around age 6-7 for a week, especially since their probably going to be disabled. I think it's esepecially important for disabled kids to separate.
@patgalca (14366)
• Orangeville, Ontario
14 Feb 07
For me it has always been a financial issue. My daughter went when she was 11 and 12... only two years. She was too old to go last year. I would have sent my other daughter as well (now 10) but money is just too tight. I think it is a great experience for children to get away from their families and be with other kids for awhile. They learn to share a room and keep it clean, they learn to get along with others and they make new friends. They do all sorts of activities that they might not otherwise be exposed to. If I had had the money, both my girls probably would have started going to overnight camp at 8 or 9 years old.
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
14 Feb 07
I think age 10 is best, kids get tired and burn out if they go to early. Our church feels the same way so kids cannot go until age 10