My 7 year-old daughter has been going to a summer day camp and having a blast! The camp hosts three overnight camp-outs during the summer. My daughter has been dying to go on one! We had concerns, however. She's never slept-over at anyone's house and camping outside seemed like such a huge leap. We weren't sure she was ready.
We initially said no, but she was very persuasive in arguing her case in a logical, mature manner. We really had a hard time defending our decision based on her age when she handled herself so well. So, we grilled the camp officials on issues such as supervision, nurse coverage (if there's an accident), ages of kids who typically go, etc. The camp addressed all of our concerns. So, last Friday, my daughter had her first overnight camping trip away from home.
I was a nervous wreck! However, my husband and I managed to go out on a date night. We went to see the new Harry Potter movie. Wow! It's great seeing a movie on a big theater screen instead of renting it at home! We both had our cell phones ready, just in case! But the camp never called us to pick our daughter up.
She had a great time! She did have a little problem with another camper, however. When she was setting up camp, another girl started to move her stuff away and said that she didn't like my daughter (editing note: bitch). My daughter told me she got up and moved to another area because she didn't want to be near the mean girl. In doing so, she came across another girl who invited my daughter to share her tent with her. They ended up having a great time together and became friends!
I'm floored that my daughter handled herself so well! I don't think I would have handled myself as well under those circumstances! Yay!
There's one more overnight camp-out coming up. We're allowing our daughter to go on it. Her initial response was that she didn't want to. We were surprised, since she had so much fun! She told us that she had a great time, but didn't want us to feel lonely without her. We asked if she didn't want to go because she was the one missing us. She gave us a confused look and said that wasn't the case at all! We told her that we did fine and even went out and enjoyed a date night. Once she was sure we were fine without her, she readily agreed to another camping trip!
Do I have the sweetest kid or what?