CHAPTER 7: The Youngest Campers (and First Timers)
Manitou is a big family and our program includes everybody, but we add a few extra elements for our supervision of campers in this age group of 6 – 9 year olds because of their unique needs. Our Head Counsellor, Unit Heads and counseling team ensure all of our Freshkids are well taken of and comfortable at camp. Remind them about the moose beanie baby they will receive on the 1st night!
BY DAY SIX OF CAMP
If your camper is new to Manitou, you will be hearing from us around day 4-5 about how your child is fairing at camp. Please remember no news is always good news!
TWO-WEEK & FOUR-WEEK CAMPERS
We sit down with all 2-week campers after their 11th day of camp to see how they feel about staying for the remainder of the session. We will advise you by phone if your camper wants to stay and is 100% committed. YOU will get a call 48 hours in advance of the two-week mark to let you know if they are staying. Please let us know in advance if you do not want us to ask your child about staying on for the remainder of the session.
PREPARING YOUR FRESHKID OR ANY NEW CAMPER FOR CAMP
Here are some tips to prepare your child. Talk to them about:
- Writing letters home and that you will be writing to them as well.
- Letting them know there are always adults to turn to. Everyone is accessible and approachable. Please be sure that they know if a problem develops or if they are unhappy, they should always let someone know.
- Reinforcing that they although it is a new experience, it will make them stronger and a more well-rounded person.
- Lean on friends and staff when they are having any challenges at camp.