Ease Summer Camp Jitters with Books


Summer camp offers many fun experiences for children. However, if this is your child’s first visit away from home they may be feeling anxious. These feelings are normal.  In fact, everyone, even adults feel stress when dealing with things that are unfamiliar to them.

When children know what to expect from a situation they tend to be more confident and are willing to try new things.  One great way to help ease your child’s fears is to simply talk with them and books offer a great medium for starting a conversation. 

 Froggy goes to Camp Jonathan London

  Froggy goes to a sleep-away camp, where all of his fun seems to cause trouble for the camp director.

 Sweet Briar goes to Camp Karma Wilson

When sweet Briar Skunk goes to day camp,  she is torn between her popular new friends and a lonely porcupine she wants to befriend.
When Buster  the dog's owner goes away for a few days, he sends Buster to Sagebrush Kennels for Cowboy camp, where Buster is homesick at first, but then has fun herding balls into the corral, gathering sticks for a campfire, and making wanted posters with his pawprints.
Tacky goes to Camp Helen Lester

Tacky the penguin and his friends go to Camp Whoopihaha where they scare each other by telling ghost stories around the campfire, never expecting that one of the frightening stories will come true.


Create Your Own Summer Camp @ Home

If your child is unable to make it to summer camp you can create a similar experience at home. All it takes is some fun food, a simple nature craft, a few songs and a visit outdoors. You could even involve your children in the planning process. The whole family will enjoy the breezy days of summer with these fun activities.

Cooking in a Can: more Campfire Recipes for Kids  Katherine L. White

Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah : a Letter from Camp  Allan Sherman

Kids Camp! : Activities for the Backyard or Wilderness Laurie Carlson

Follow the Trail : a young person's guide to the great outdoors Jessica Loy

Image provided by Joe Cavazos' photostream on Flickr