How to Know if Your Child is Ready for Summer Camp

While I am a firm believer that there is no right or wrong age for a child to be ready for camp – it’s different for every kid – there are some tell-tale signs your child is ready to be a first-timer at Clearwater…

If your child will be entering into 3rd grade or higher the following fall semester.

If your child starts expressing an interest in camp. Do they talk about how their friends attend camp, or have an older sibling at Clearwater and they seem eager to follow in their footsteps?

If your child gets along well with others. Do they make friends easily? Do they feel comfortable with their peers?

If you can spend time apart from your child. Does your child do well at sleepovers? Is he or she pretty self-sufficient when left alone?

If your child is becoming more self-sufficient and independent in everyday tasks. Do they have a morning and nighttime routine?

If your child is able to follow directions. Is he or she well behaved in school and on their own? Do they know how to ask for help when needed?


If you can answer yes to the questions above, start by asking your child straight out if they would be interested in attending summer camp and judge their reaction… If they seem really excited, then it’s a safe bet your child is ready for summer camp! If they have a mixed, unsure, or indifferent reaction, it might not be their time just yet. Talking through the details with your child, so they know what they can expect while at camp, is the best first step!

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