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First Time Campers

Your child’s first summer at sleepaway camp is a major event in their life. Together, we can make it wonderful!

We know how important your children are to you, and that by choosing Strong Rock for their overnight camp you have placed a deep trust in us to provide a physically and emotionally safe place for them. We do not take this trust lightly and will do everything we can to give your child a safe, growing, rewarding, and wonderful experience.

We strive to provide a fun experience for each camper as they learn new skills, meet new friends, and grow in their relationship with Jesus. We realize that it is difficult to address every question or concern parents may have on our website. Feel free to or call us at (706) 348-1533 with any questions that you may have.

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Preparing Your First-Time Camper

Since this may be your child’s first extended stay away from home, it’s also possible that it may be his or her first taste of homesickness. It is normal, and is almost always conquered after the first few days.

These are some ways to help prevent homesickness

  • Encourage your child’s independence throughout the year. Practice separations, such as sleepovers at a friend’s house.
  • Discuss what camp will be like before your child leaves. At Strong Rock you are welcome to visit before camp begins. In the spring we will host an Open House where you can tour our facilities, meet our staff, and enjoy several activities. We would encourage you to attend. However, if you can not attend we would love to show you around when you are available. Just call and let us know when you will be in the area and we will give you a tour and answer any questions.
  • Agree ahead of time on the no phone call policy. If your child knows they will be allowed to write letters only, they are more likely to make up their minds to get on with the fun instead of dwelling on the possibility of talking to you.
  • Leave a note or care package with the directors on the first day to be delivered the next day.
  • Pack a personal item from home, such as a stuffed animal.

The directors at Strong Rock take the distress of a child who is homesick seriously, and we will discuss our perspective of your child’s adjustment candidly with you. Don’t feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay and avoid the temptation to take your child home early.

For many children, camp is a first step toward independence and plays an important role in their growth and development. Should your child have a more difficult than normal time adjusting to life at camp, a director will call you to discuss the matter. Together we will come up with a plan to help your child!