Last year my son went to camp for the first time at the age of 13. It was sleep away so we knew that there might be problems. As we anticipated there were issues with the the evenings. After two nights filled with tears and behaviors we went and picked him up.
About a month later I recieved a letter from the director of the camp telling me about my son and his experinces at camp. The letter was so touching that I sat here and cried for about 30 minutes. The letter went into detail about all the things my son loved about his experience at camp and where the problem were.
The letter also was full of hope and love. The hope that my son would be able to return the following year and have a much more successful experience at camp.
Well, he did return the next year for a planned two night stay. The camp and I worked together to make it the most positive experience possible. My son had the time of his life and is looking forward to returning next year for an entire week.
This would not have been possible without the dedicated and caring staff who took the time to understand and accept my son and his fears. I can't thank them enough for helping me and my son grow and accomplish this not so small task of independence which will last a lifetime and help prepare us both for the future.
We can't wait until next summer!