Sending your child to camp for the first time is a major milestone for most families \u2014 one that is often marked by excitement, anticipation and perhaps even some anxiety. One way to help prepare your child for camp is to talk with them about it before they go. Here are some sample topics for discussion that will help prepare your child emotionally for their big adventure. Friends \u201cCamp is about making new friends. If you are shy about meeting new kids, then learn to get to know others by being a good listener. Remember also that not everyone in your cabin, bunk or group has to be your friend, and you don\u2019t have to be everyone else\u2019s friend. As long as you treat others with respect and they do the same with you, then having one or two friends at camp is fine. If you have more, then that\u2019s great!\u201d Adjusting to New Routines \u201cGive yourself time. One thing about camp is that almost everything is new \u2014 the kids, the activities, the routines, the bed you sleep in, the bathroom. It takes a few days to get adjusted, so be patient with yourself. Most of the time, you will be having so much fun, you won\u2019t mind all the changes, but if you do, remember that you will get so used to things that by the time you come home, you will miss all those things!\u201d Helping Others \u201cCamp is about fun, but it also requires that you help. Clean-up is part of camp. You do it every day! As your parent, I hope you will cooperate.\u201d Getting Help \u201cEveryone has good days and bad days. If you are having a problem, your counselor is there to help you. You don\u2019t have to wait to tell us if you are upset about something. After all, if your counselor doesn\u2019t know what might be troubling you, they can\u2019t help you. Be honest and ask for what you need.\u201d Talking with your child about these kinds of issues is a great way to show support as your child gets ready to take this important step on the road to being more resilient and self-reliant. For you as a parent, it can give you more peace of mind as you allow your child to participate safely in a broader world. Originally published in Camp Magazine. Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association. \u00a92019, American Camping Association, Inc.