Today’s post is a guest post from a fellow mom regarding her experience with summer camp. Hope it helps you if you’re searching for a good program for your teen this year!
My daughter Zoe came home from summer camp aglow last year. She was tossing off Shakespearean lines from the scenes she had memorized at drama camp; the confidence just flowed from her.
I wasn’t surprised; I had followed a good friend’s advice. Her kids had been to a great summer camp the year before; she convinced me that choosing a summer camp for my teenager would be easy with the right online resource. It turns out she was right.
Zoe loved the camp and I was grateful to know ahead of time that the staff would redirect her so her shyness wouldn’t keep her on the sidelines.
After camp, Zoe couldn’t wait to join the local teen theater group in September. She’s been auditioning for several roles, her favorite is Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet.” She definitely wants to attend drama camp next summer. I think two of her new friends at the theater group are signing up for the same camp. Zoe shared how great it was and their parents called to ask my opinion. I passed on the advice about online resources and said that’s how I knew the counselors at camp really focused on easing the kids’ anxiety and building confidence.
Zoe keeps remembering the fun she had and she likes to tell me the stories over and over. It seems that the ultimate experience during recreation time was waterskiing. On her final day, Zoe dropped a ski and circled around again on one ski. All the kids watching her cheered. She was ecstatic.
The community theater near the camp put on two summer plays and Zoe’s group attended one. It was outdoors, in the city park. Everyone sat on the grass and ate their brown bag lunches at intermission. The camp kids spoke to the actors and director afterward. Zoe said they talked about that well into the night, dreaming how they were each going to be in a theater troupe someday.
My formerly shy daughter has been standing up for herself and pestering me to register her for camp soon. So I started planning for her next summer camp experience and told her she could choose the level of expertise and the dates she wanted.
This year Zoe wants her dad and me to come on Visitor’s Day so we can watch her in a stage production and see her waterskiing. We’re happy she invited us. It might be the last time she wants to be seen with us for awhile. She’s 14 now and I’m sure she will find ways to look more grown-up, like asking us to drop her around the corner from school instead of right in front. We’ll take every invitation we can get!