Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My Son is Off to Camp "Wannahonkaloogie" or "Chippawah" or Something Like That

Hey there. We've decided... Our son is going to camp. A friend of ours presented us with an opportunity for our boy to go off to camp and learn a few things. My wife and I briefly talked about it before deciding that he's going. I've never been to any kind of camp as a kid and my wife says that she went to a "fake" camp for a week. lol I think this will be a great experience for him to get out and do something while he's on vacation.

Our boy can be timid, but at the same time, he can be very outgoing. We feel that sometimes he's just not in the mood to play with others and would just rather stay in his room. Reminds me a lot of me when I was young. lmao The difference, though, is that while I was out, I was out playing with kids and doing stuff with friends. When our boy is out, he's either sitting by himself playing video games or sitting there looking bored as hell. Mind you, this is not all the time. There have been occasions where he's out and about playing with other kids and he practically disappears until it's time to go. We figured that maybe camp would be a good way to help make a dent, if not break, this shell that he hides in at times.

We spoke to my son during our lunch break to get his thoughts on the whole thing. I talked about camping and what not to see if they were activities that he would enjoy. He said that they were cool. So I mentioned a camp for a week, and he shot it down, saying he wouldn't want to go. I told him that he just said it sounded like fun so why would you not want to interact with other kids his age and do fun activities? (This is that shell I was talking about) He couldn't really answer me so I told him that that is the very reason he is going to camp. He should want to go out and have fun with kids his age instead of passing up these life experiences. I never got to go to camp and I would have loved to have gone. He didn't seem to receptive to the idea that he's going, but I have a feeling it's because he won't be able to play video games. I'm sure that once he's there, he'll have a blast and one day, many, many moons from now, he'll look back on that thank us for giving him that experience. Until then, later!

4 comments:

It sounds like you are trying to convince yourself that he is going to look back on this with fondness. I was painfully shy as a kid and hated it when my parents tried to put me in situations that they thought I SHOULD want to be in. A week is a long time for a kid to be away when they don't want to be. Does he know anyone who's going? (this is all coming from an overprotective mom - so ignore half of it)

The summer camps I attended in my childhood are probably very different from the one your child is going to, but I'm sure he will learn a lot from the experience too. I've always been a willing participant too, I hope he changes his mind before he gets there.

Hey there.

Sheila,

I guess it can be a two way street here. He's either going to love it or hate it. I confirmed that he'll enjoy the activities by asking him before hand and then he said he didn't want to go even after he said he'd like to do those things. I think that he just needs a little push and it's not like we make him do things he doesn't want to. I think he'll be just fine.

Vera,

I never went to a summer camp so I don't know what the experience is like. It's only for a week and I know there are other camps that are definitely longer than that. If he enjoys this, he may even start looking forward to it every year.

Interesting!

I think he is very crazy.

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