Hello! Wooohooo! Camp is just around the corner! Are you counting down the days? We are.
We guess you might feel a little anxious or excited about your week at camp, especially if this is your first time away from home.
It is totally normal and okay to have worries before going away on an adventure without your parents, most kids have them! Feeling anxious about a new experience is completely natural and healthy. If you are worried about something that we haven't covered below then you are very welcome to contact us before camp starts to ask us any questions, even ones you think might be silly!
Please know that the majority of your worries will be soothed away before you fall asleep on you first night at camp. The magic and excitement of sleeping in a tent with new friends, the special atmosphere and wonderful sense of community that will quickly develop through our carefully planned series of get-to-know-each-other activities and our clear expectations of inclusion, respect and kindness will all work together to make you feel happy, valued and secure.
Our job as counselors is to take care of you and make sure you are safe and happy - we take this responsibility very seriously and will be there for you every step of the way. Your job is simply to have fun and enjoy the adventure.
We can't wait to meet you very soon!
With love from,
Summer Camp Chile
I'm scared of certain animals or insects.
This is a normal and very valid fear, especially if you have not spent much time in nature or on a farm or if you have had a bad experience in the past. Our number one priority at camp is to keep you safe, so you will never be put in a dangerous situation or one that makes you uncomfortable. Insects are an important part of life here on our organic farm and hopefully, as you learn about all of the useful jobs that they do, you will learn to tolerate them a little more. Rest assured that your tents will be kept clean and insect free and you will wear repellent at night. You will never be alone at camp, there will always be an adult to help you. We respect your fears, but do insist that you respect all creatures great and small while on the farm with us.
I'm worried about a certain activity.
You do not have to do any activities that you do not want to. We will always have other options available. Having said that, camp is a wonderful place to try new things and if you give it a go you might just surprise yourself and really enjoy it.
I'm worried about not liking the food.
You will not be forced to eat anything that you don't like. We will provide lots of choice at every single meal. You will always find something that you like and if not, we will find you something in our well stocked kitchen! We understand and respect that not everyone likes all vegetables or all types of fruit. Our aim is to make sure that you are well fed and are happy.
I'm worried about not knowing anyone and not making friends.
Most of our campers don't know anyone before they arrive. You will make new friends before you know it (probably in the bus before you get to camp. ) We play a lot of fun games and icebreaker activities in the first few days to make sure that everyone relaxes and gets to know each other quickly. You will be placed in a tent with children of the same age as you and your counselors will ensure that everyone is treated with kindness and respect. You will become an important and valued part of the Make make team and will make wonderful new friends in no time at all.
I'm frightened of the dark.
Most children and some adults get scared of the darkness, but here at camp the stars are so bright that night turns into something magical. You will have a flashlight next to you every night and can always turn it on inside your sleeping bag. If you are worried you are welcome to bring a small toy that has a little light in it. There are also lights left on all night outside your tents. You will never be alone at night time as there will be other children your age sleeping right next to you in the tent . The counselors will be sleeping in a tent next to you too, all you have to do is call out and they will be there.
I'm worried about being away from home.
This is a normal feeling, especially if this is your first trip away from your parents. The truth is you will be so busy having fun that there won't be much time to think of home. If you do feel homesick, that is okay and there will always be someone to help cheer you up. The majority of your counselors are also mothers and have plenty of tricks up their sleeves to dry tears! You will find that the week will pass very quickly. If you want to, you can bring a journal and write in it every day so that your family can read it when you get home. If you like, you can bring a photo of your family to keep in your tent. Being away from home will make you appreciate it more and will increase your self confidence.
I am worried because sometimes I wet the bed.
This is a valid fear and one many of our campers have. Should this happen at camp, first thing in the morning you must quietly tell your counselor. Your sleeping bag, pyjamas and mat will be taken away, washed and dried and be back in your tent before the end of the day. No other campers will know about it as your counselor will make sure that everything is done very discreetly. We always remind all campers to go to the bathroom before bed.
I take daily medicine and am anxious about taking it by myself. I think I will forget.
At camp we have a designated nurse. Your parents will give any medicine, creams etc. to her and she will look after them and remind you when, how much and what to take or apply. You will not need to be responsible for this.