We’re a few weeks into the summer and my son has already learned a few important things at camp. No, he hasn’t tied any sailing knots, or learned how to carve a bear out of a block of wood, but he is learning to navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of middle school a few months early. The town-run camp that he’s attending is aimed at kids entering grade six through grade eight – so he’s being exposed to lots of new things and older kids and it’s been somewhat eye-opening for him. Here’s what he’s learned so far:
1. Keep track of your belongings. Campers are required to bring a backpack with their swimming gear, water bottle, and a book for mandatory reading time. On the first day of camp, he put his knapsack down “somewhere” while he had lunch and, when he retrieved his belongings, he found that his book was missing.