Deciding if you child is ready for camp is important in the success a child will have at camp. Involve your child in deciding whether to come to Camp James by bringing them to an Open House and or letting them look at our website. Children who want to go to camp, as opposed to those who feel forced to go to camp, tend to have a better time.
Camp starts at age 4 and fully potty trained but we do not recommend sending your child to camp as their first time away from mom and dad. Young campers who have already attended pre-school or some form of daycare tend to do better in this large camp environment that requires even our youngest campers to demonstrate independence and self – reliance.
Camp James is made up off all types of campers and team members. Some are loud and proud, and others shy and reserved. Because of the various activities offered at Camp James, we get a wide variety of different types of people. Make sure your child knows what to expect from camp, specifically that activities are set for them as opposed to self -selected.
Families that have children with special needs should contact our office prior to registering to be sure Camp James can make the necessary accommodations.
To be a camper at Camp James without professional support a child must be able to feed, dress, and use the bathroom on their own. A child must be able to be in a group setting, transition from one location to another, and follow directions. Campers must be able to participate safely for themselves, peers, and camp leadership. If your child runs away, will not move during transitions, will not stay with the group and behaves in a harmful manner (towards self or others) parents will be asked to pick up their camper. Referrals to more appropriate programs and refunds (for unused tuition) will be made in these circumstances. If our camp is not a good fit, we are hoping to help you find a better fit for your child’s needs.
In many cases your child is ready for camp, but you as a parent may not be. You need to feel comfortable that our staff has one goal to achieve and that is keeping your child safe. It is normal to have some hesitation leaving your child to be cared for by others but if you have a strong sense that you must remain on the camp grounds, will need an hourly check in from our office that your child is fine, only allow your child to attend if they can keep their cell phone, or spend your entire day worrying about the welfare of your child, we strongly suggest you wait to enroll your child in camp until you are ready for them to be a camper. Becoming a camper is a rite of passage in a way; it is a chance for your child to show their independence from their family and take on personal responsibilities.