Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Update on Camp!

Yesterday, I had a fairly early meeting at work. Because my daughter's camp is in the opposite direction of where my work is (making the total commute of dropping my daughter at camp, then going into work close to a two-hour drive), I decided to do an early drop-off at camp.

When my daughter and I arrived, I was surprised to see that the counselor taking care of the early arrivals just so happened to be my daughter's new counselor! Considering the camp has something like 2,000 counselors (only a slight exaggeration), I thought this was extremely lucky.

I pulled the counselor aside to express the concerns I had on Monday. Namely that all the kids in the group seemed to know one or two other kids while my daughter didn't know anyone. The counselor stated that it was actually worse than that--all the girls are neighbors, and they all know each other. My daughter is the only kid in that group who nobody knows!

I explained that my daughter can be a bit awkward socially (we're not telling the camp about my daughter's autism), and that I was worried that she would get shut-out from the group socially. I asked her to help my daughter out to make sure she's included socially.

The counselor readily agreed. She suggested working on my daughter becoming friendly with one of the kids in the group, then the others would fall in line. I agreed and told her about one candidate--a girl my daughter mentioned liking.

When I picked my daughter up from camp today, she told me that she made friends with that one camper. She also commented on how nice the other girls in the group were.

I'm feeling better now!

5 comments:

  1. Wow! That is a HUGE camp! Over 2,000 counselors? Glad your daughter is enjoying it.

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  2. What a big step! Glad she made a friend.

    Thanks for you church attendance insights!

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  3. That is great. I'm glad she's enjoying camp!

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  4. I'm so glad your daughter is making friends there. It can be hard when they all already know each other. So glad she is having a good time!

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  5. Oh Cheryl. I tried to comment on this the other day but blogger was being...well...blogger of late.

    I'm glad to hear this is going well. Camp can be scary under any circumstances.

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