There is no one better to answer that question than you – the parent or guardian. You know your child better than anyone else. While there are some indicators to look for, there is no simple checklist to help you make the decision.
However, there are a few questions to ask yourself to help determine whether or not your child is ready. They are:

Is your child asking to go to camp or are you making the decision for them?

If your child is asking to go to camp, there is a good chance that they are ready. They probably have already thought through the fact that they will not be at home or see you for a week. If you desire a camp experience for them but they are not asking, you should at least discuss it with them and bring them into the decision-making process. It may help them get excited or own the decision a little more. We have noticed that campers who are forced to come to camp often sulk the whole week, act out in anger, or are withdrawn. However, we believe that God works in such campers even if we cannot see the fruit. Many come to appreciate the experience even though they did not initially desire to attend camp.

How well does your child make new friends or handle social situations?

They will be placed in a setting where they will interact with lots of other kids their age on a daily basis. If they are okay with making new friends or interacting with kids, they might be ready. Keep in mind that there will be plenty of camp staff on hand to help your child ease into interacting with other campers. If your child struggles with making new friends, the best thing for them to do is bring a friend or two with them to camp. Camp is better with friends for a child who is nervous about being away from home. The registration has a bunkmate request option, which we honor to the very best of our ability so that friends are in the same cabin. Campers are placed into cabins with 10-12 campers and their two cabin leaders, which will function their home for the week. This helps campers make friends with their bunkmates as they will be sharing a cabin, eating meals together, competing in games as a team, and spending most of their time together.

Are YOU ready for your child to go to camp?

Over the years, we have seen many parents who are anxious and concerned about their child attending camp, whereas their child is eager and excited to attend. We are happy to answer questions and help put your mind at ease if you have concerns. Some campers ride to camp on the bus, but some parents elect to drive their child up, which gives them the opportunity to see the camp, meet their child’s cabin leaders, and get a feel for what their child will be experiencing for the week.

Finally, be assured that our cabin leaders and staff members are trained in helping your child adjust to their new setting at camp. Besides learning about the Lord while at camp and learning new activities and physical skills, they will also learn responsibility. They will learn how to do things independently from their parents, and also learn how to live in and be part of a temporary community. Camp is more than just fun and games. A week at camp gives them training that they can use in their personal relationship with Lord, and also back in their home environments. During their time at camp, we believe that your child will grow in ways that you never expected. We also believe that this experience is beneficial to their overall growth. We are passionate about camp and your child’s safety and we would love to answer any questions you may have.

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*Brenda Wood-Program Director (208.390.9845)  
*Kevin Owen-Camp Director (208.390.9840)  

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