Make or not ot make

Shanon - posted on 07/11/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 13 year old has the opportunity to go to a camp. She has only went to a few camp that were a week and she does get home sick.she has been to cheer camp and church camp already. I know she wasnts to go but she is scared this camp she will not know anyone. and it is further away from home.Of course I am having to give it to God because it hard on momma also. I just have those worries that I keep putting B4 the Lord.. but I don't want to make her go but I feel she need the puss..but then I just worrie is this the right thing to do..It is a co/ed camp and that worries me I so trust her but not the others..I just don't want to damage anything Idk ....I would like to know WWUD...I need wisdom in this its a big camp and i keep having to tell my seft that God dosen't give us the spirit of fear. so and peace of mind you might give will be great..tks

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Penny - posted on 10/08/2010

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I'm just wondering if there is a reason why you feel she needs to go to a camp? I think some kids just do not like to go to camp. I was never a camp kid, but my 2 brothers and sister loved it and now my oldest son absolutely loves overnight camp. If you really feel like you want her to go, maybe research a few good choices and let her be able to choose where she goes. Good Luck.

Ramona - posted on 08/11/2010

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I would look into the camp. My kids LOVE camp and have often gone not knowing people. That is good, it forces you to grow. I am a big proponant of going to camps, it fosters independence! Today's kids are so hovered over, it is healthy to have that break. In 5 years, you will drop her off on campus and hope she fairs well, this is a wonderful building block to help that moment go smoothly.

Linda - posted on 08/11/2010

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You didn't say whether it was a Christian camp or not. I don't know if I would make my kids go to camp, but I would strongly encourage them to go to a Christian camp. I don't think I'd want them at a non-Christian camp.

Marie - posted on 09/28/2009

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One of mine was afraid of going to camp overnights, and staying overnight at friends' houses. He took along my bracelet, just for a feeling of Mom being nearby. It worked for him. He is 16 now, and still keeps my bracelet in his overnight bag for trips with his father.



She will be able to sense both your trust and your doubt in others, for herself and before the Lord. Whatever you two decide to do, do it with a full and happy heart. I learned years ago that when you worry, you actually doubt God's goodness and mercy for that person or situation. Maybe you two should pray together, "Thy will be done...".

Torri - posted on 07/20/2009

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You know I had many opportunities as a girl to go to all kinds of camps, church camps and girl scouts mostly. there was one I really didn't want to go to and it was because I didn't know anyone and I was going with my cousin but she'd been there before and she had friends going too. My great grandma "made" me go to the church camp and it was co-ed and yeah i got homesick and yeah i got scared.... but I learned that new friends are fun to make, everyone else is homesick to and you aren't alone, God is always with you. That's part of the camp experience. and i was about 11 or 12 when i went. I know as a momma you worry, but baby birds gotta flex their wings a bit even with mom's push. She will be fine

Ginger - posted on 07/12/2009

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Personally, I would find out as much as I could about the camp. Find out about the camp leaders and workers and what kind of background check they do on the employees. Then if your daughter really wants to go then have the "talk" with her about Safety and who to contact in the event of a Safety breach and explain what your meaning of a safety breach. If she takes her cell phone (if she has one) tell her to check in with you every 24 to 48 hours for a safety check. I feel allowing our children to experience life is very important to their developement into adulthood. I am overprotective however I try to allow my children to have LIFE experiences also. This builds thier character and teaches them responsibility. If she can handle being away from you and the family and God is in the mist! Trust your instincts normally its when God is talking. I will pray God guides you to the best decision. Be blessed!!!!

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