It’s totally normal if you have the first time jitters about sending your kids to camp, but let us assure you that your children will have the time of their lives. And if you don’t believe us, then listen to what these first time parents had to say about their daughter’s Shwayder experience.
We were obviously nervous – in her nine years up until camp, Mariel had never been away from us for more than one night, and two weeks seemed like a very, very long time. Would she get scared being away from us? Would she make friends? A somewhat picky eater, would she like the food? And how much would we miss her? Well the answer to the last question was that we missed her a lot, but all of our other concerns proved to be ill-founded. It was hard watching her get onto the bus to take her into the mountains, but from beginning to end, Mariel simply loved her Shwayder Camp experience. Highlights for us included almost daily pictures made available from the Shwayder staff. Not to mention, her own personal growth, her new found independence, new relationships, her increased identification with Judaism and two weeks away from all forms of electronic communication – which is a rarity and a great experience unto itself. We also very much appreciate how much personal attention each child receives from the Shwayder staff. It really is a home away from home for a few special weeks each year.
When camp ended, the entire family was waiting to welcome Mariel and her bus back from camp. She stepped right back into family life without missing a beat. Although, the first words out of her mouth were “I can’t wait to go back next year for three weeks!” One of her younger brothers will be joining her at Shwayder this summer, and he could not be more excited. Although we will miss them both, we can’t wait to see them enjoy themselves and grow personally – albeit from afar, again this summer.
Tony and Alia Gerber
First time parents