Admin Office: 4865 Kent Ave. Montreal, Quebec H3W 1H4 Phone: 514 600 1631

Be Prepared

...in anticipation

Many questions may come to mind when preparing our children for camp. We want to know that they are completely ready for the summer ahead.  In our handy guidebook you will find instructions, tips and a lot of information. This knowledge will give your daughter the best Pardas Chanah experience.

Checklist of forms & Due Dates

Camper Fees Settled

You have received invoices via E-Mail

   June 1

Medical form due

Health & Safety are our utmost concerns. Form

   June 1

Proof of Medical Insurance

In case of a medical emergency or Dr’s visit your child needs to have insurance coverage in Canada. Have you purchased medical insurance yet? Click here for information on how you can purchase medical insurance

   June 1

Quebec Camper form

Quebec campers are required to have this form filled.  One form per family.

   June 1

Travel Plans

How is your daughter getting to camp. Be sure to finalize her travel arrangements by the due date. More travel information here.

  First Session- May 15     Second Session- June 15

Cabin Mate Requests

We will do our best to honor at least 1 cabin mate request if the information is received prior to June 1

   June 1

Sending medication to camp?

If your daughter is taking any medication, make sure to fill the sending medication to camp form

 

More info?

Have I informed the camp of any important information that they will need in order to best care for my child.

   June 1

Some Tried and True Tips

Some children are born campers.  Their adjustment to camp life flows effortlessly.  Many children though,may experience some anxiety as they get closer to the start of the summer season.  These children will benefit from discussions of how to deal with complex situations that may arise.

If your daughter isn’t used to staying away from home, plan a sleepover – even for the entire weekend, with a friend or family member.

Teach your child how to care for herself – personal hygiene, showering etc.

Involve them in packing, so they know where everything is.

Review the camp daily schedule with your daughter so there are no surprises. click here for schedule

Do a little problem solving. Go over some “what if” situations. – what if you lose your flashlight or don’t get along with another child?

Talk with them about feeling home-sick or if they’ll miss their other family members. Stay positive, but discuss their anxieties. See: Dealing with Homesickness

Model confidence in them! Show your child that you are confident that they will get through their worried feelings. Remind them of examples of times they were brave in the past. You are their cheerleader!

Model confidence in you! Stay away from statements like “What am I going to do without you.” Even if sending your child to camp is the hardest thing you’ve ever done do not open the doors for your child to be worrying about you!

Send emails. send letters via snail mail. Keep it simple and fun, a word game and fun news and shmooze.

Keep your goodbye short and sweet! Long goodbyes draw out the anxious feelings kids have about your departure.

Discuss the camp’s policies regarding communication between camper and parents, so it is not a surprise.

Homesickness

If your child does experience homesickness while at camp, consider these recommendations:

  • Acknowledge your child’s homesickness, but reaffirm to your child that they can work through it and will have a great time.
  • Keep writing letters and postcards to your child
  • Know that when dealing with homesickness there are stages. In the beginning your child needs support and then they need firmness. The words, “you’re staying at camp” are what your child is waiting to hear and is a vote of confidence that you know that your child can succeed.
  • One big no-no is to make deals with kids that are contrary to the camp’s rules, such as agreeing to speak regularly by telephone when the camp’s policy doesn’t allow it. “This implicitly communicates that you lack confidence in their ability to work through homesick feelings,as well it undermines the camp’s efforts to manage the situation.”