Advices to parents before sending their child to X Factor Kids Summer Camp:
Setting expectations with Your Child is a very important part from the whole adventure.
Prep Your Child for Camp Guidelines and Rules
Whether it’s your child’s first year at camp, or they are a seasoned camper it needs a little refresher, it’s a good idea to go over summer camp rules and guidelines before leaving for camp. Talking about camp rules with your child will help them understand exactly what is expected of them and that you believe they can be successful while at camp.
Knowing the rules can potentially help to relieve anxiety and reduce the chances of homesickness or other behavioral issues while away.
You don’t need to talk about the rules all at once; instead, spread them out into small conversations in the weeks leading up to camp. This way, your child won’t feel overwhelmed when the rules are reviewed on the first day.
Camp rules are in place to keep the camp community safe and camp operations running smoothly throughout their stay.
7 Main Rules to Mention Ahead of Time
1. Listen to Your Counselor
Above all else, camp counselors are there to make sure that all campers have the best time possible while also looking out for each camper’s health and safety. Explain to your child that following the rules will only enhance their camp experience. Remind your child that if they have questions, they should address their concerns with their counselor as soon as possible. Tell them to be honest, and not to wait if they feel uncomfortable.
Their counselor and the administrative staff are their advocates while at sleep away camp.
2. Camp Chores Are Different Than Home Chores
While your child will be exempt from their typical home chores during camp, they will need to participate in daily tasks that help to keep the camp running smoothly.
Room chores such as keeping their area tidy and having their laundry ready to go on laundry day are just a few of the camp responsibilities that everyone will need to pitch in and help out with.
Remind your child that with camp comes responsibility, and that everyone will be required to help out with chores.
In fact room inspections will be done on a daily basis.
Remind your child that if the see litter on the ground, they should pick it up rather than just walk by it. Explain to your camper that this will be their home away from home for the next several weeks and that it’s up to them to keep it clean.
3. Lights Out Rules
Unlike home, at camp, everyone is on the same sleep schedule. This means that if one person stays up past lights out, everyone in the room will lose sleep. For this reason, it’s important to follow lights out rules so that everyone can rest up for the following day of activities.
If your child gets anxious about the dark or has trouble falling asleep, make sure they bring a comfort item from home that will help them feel more relaxed at bed time.
This issue should be included in your camp registration forms so the counselors can be aware of your child’s needs, fears and anxieties.
Go over what to do if your child has trouble falling asleep—like counting sheep or flipping the pillow over to the cool side.
If anything, you can try to adjust to the camp sleeping schedule a week before leaving for camp.
4. Keep Your Personal Space Clean
Since your child will be in close quarters with 2 other campers, it’s important that they understand the necessity of keeping their sleeping and living areas organized.
Go over ways for your child to stay organized and tidy before they leave for camp. When packing, make sure to provide a laundry bag to keep clean and dirty clothing separate.
Make a luggage list so your child can check what he/she has brought. Remind your child to double check his/her luggage when packing on the departure day.
Packing list helps you child know what they have in their luggage so they pull out the sweatshirt when it gets cold, instead of thinking there wasn’t one in their bag.
5. Valuables at Camp
As a best practice, we recommend leaving all valuables at home. Even if your child has a bracelet or necklace that they never take off, there is still the chance that it could be lost while swimming or participating in camp activities.
If you are thinking about bringing an expensive item of clothing, be prepared for it to get lost or damaged.
To be on the safe side, don’t let your child bring anything irreplaceable or emotionally valuable to camp.
6. Play Nice
Name calling, fighting, bullying are strictly prohibited at the camp.
Camp is a place to make friends, so aggressive behavior is not tolerated.
Remind your child that they don’t have to be everybody’s best friend, but they do have to be friendly to everyone.
Encourage your child to go into camp with the mindset of making a few new friends, and chances are they will leave camp having made more than a few.
7. Have Fun and Try New Things
Summer camp is about not only routine but also trying new things.
Congratulate your child for being brave enough to register for a sleep away camp in the first place. Let them know that they’ve already won just by trying, and the fun part is just about to begin.
Remind them again that summer camp rules exist only to improve the overall camp experience and to create a community of fun.
Questions & Answers
Is there a camp nurse on site?
Yes. If your child is injured or becomes so ill that an emergency room visit is required, you will be contacted immediately.
What happens if my child has a food allergy or special diet?
X Factor Kids camp staff will work with your camper and provide a menu for them. Please fill in the questionary in the registration form. Camp management should be aware of all children”s health conditions prior to the arrival.
My child takes medication daily. How can I ensure that they will take it while at camp?
The X Factor Kids Medical release forms must be signed by parent or guardian and turned into the registration office upon arrival at camp. ALL medicines must be turned into the camp First Aid Person upon arrival and administered by First Aid Person at prescribed times. Report all injuries or illnesses immediately. Please mark carefully and put in a zip-lock bag with campers name) to ensure it’s taken at prescribed times. These medications will be returned to your child at the conclusion of camp.
In case of Emergency
If you have an emergency and need to reach us, leave a message at the Hotel Reception +359 879 127 102 or land line +359 52 354 253
If you have an extreme emergency contact the X Factor Kids Camp Director’s cell phone message number: 1-360-481-1898.