By Kathryn Rea Smith, PH.D.
Overnight camp represents an important developmental milestone for children. It is a chance for them to learn that they can function independently. They get to sleep in an unfamiliar place, eat different foods, adapt to a new routine, meet people, make activity choices, and keep track of a bulging duffle bag of gear—all without help from a parent. Camp provides a variety of personal growth opportunities for children but also for the parents who stay behind. In this article, I will describe three opportunities for personal growth that arise for parents of campers. Read more →