Too young for sleep-away camp?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-23-2012
Too young for sleep-away camp?
Fri, 04-12-2013 - 1:39am

How old do you think kids should be before they are "ready" for a sleep-away camp? The one my kiddo wants to go to would be about 45 minutes away and would be 4 nights (Mon-Thursday). It's a Christian camp which reassures me.....a smidge.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 07-09-2013 - 9:48am

I know this is an old post, but it really depends on your kids' personalities and what you and they are comfortable with.  My ODD went to sleep away camp starting at age 7 and was just fine.  She did go to a religious camp and went with a friend which made it easier.  My now 6 year old would never be able to be away that long, and my husband would never allow it, he's very weird about letting the kids be anywhere without family members until they are much older.