The American Camp Association, through which we receive our accreditation, has many useful tips, online videos and links for camp parents. Be sure to watch the video by Bob Ditter, “Ready for Camp: What Parents Need to Know.” It’s fantastic!
Another camp professional we always recommend is Chris Thurber. He is a clinical psychologist who, with his many years of experience working with camp kids, has written a wonderful book about summer camp and how both parents and kids can get the most out of a camp experience. It’s called The Summer Camp Handbook. If you think your child might be homesick once she goes off to camp, we highly recommend you read through this site, and even purchase the DVD available on that topic.
We also recommend parents visit Chris Thurber’s other web site, Campspirit.com. Some of this site is meant for camp directors, but there are several excellent articles that can really help parents as they prepare their children for camp.
Finally, we’ve written a number of articles about camp life, the distinguishing features of camp, and the many ways camp benefits kids.