The following is a list of books and articles that I have collected over the years. I highly recommend these readings to parents who are unsure or nervous about sending their child on their first-ever sleep-away summer camp experience.
The magic of summer camp is a powerful thing that I have had the joy of being a part of for 35 years. When I went to camp as a child, I learned social and practical skills that have made me who I am today. I made life-long bonds with people who have grown to be my best friends. I still look up to the counselors and directors who have become my mentors.
As parents, we strive to do what is best for our children, and sometimes that’s not always the easiest decision to make. I hope you find the time to look over these readings and that they are as insightful to you as they have been to me in my life and passion in children’s camping.
We hope you enjoy reading these books and articles.
Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow
By Michael Thompson, Ph.D.
The Power of Play: How Spontaneous, Imaginative Activities Lead to Happier, Healthier Children
By David Elkind
Articles from the American Camp Association