Do you allow parents to accompany children on your children’s adventure camps? My son is only 12 years old, and I have not sent him far away from home before.
This is a very common question by parents of participants on the children’s adventure programmes – and the answer is no. Children’s adventure programmes are designed for children as participants. While we understand your concern, we cannot allow non-staff grown-ups related with the children to be present. There are many reasons for this.
The most important is that your presence creates a distracting influence to the child who is used to turning to you for help. This also creates confusions in perceptions about the real authority person in camp and also hampers your child’s ability to be independent.
It is unfair to the rest of the participants who do not have parents/guardians present.
The camps are designed for particular ages, and your child will be among others of similar interests. There has to be a first camp alone at some time, and this is a good time for your child to learn to be responsible for himself/herself. Your absense will actually add to his self-worth.
Instructors on these programmes are experienced in dealing with children, and your child is in safe hands.