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How old is old enough for a week-long co-ed sleepover camp?
Given my positive experiences with sleepover camps, I want my daughter to be able to enjoy this type of camp too. When I asked her if she was interested, she was very excited about the opportunity and wants to go.
When I talked with my friends about it, though, they expressed some worries: "It's so far away," "Is she ready?", as well as an assortment of “What if's?”. Our daughter is 7 and in first grade. She does well academically and socially, and does not have any special needs, learning disabilities or developmental challenges. I think she would really enjoy herself at camp. She might miss us at bedtime the first night or so, but I think this experience would support our daughter's learning and growth, and enable her to enjoy new friendships. Plus, we'll be camping near the city's campground a few weeks beforehand, and plan to inspect to verify cleanliness & safety.
Yet, still I wonder: am I making a mistake in allowing our daughter to go to the camp? Is she old enough? If age isn't the right measure of readiness, what other factors do you think I should I consider?