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Free time at camp is a BAD idea for preteens, unless it’s done correctly – then it can become a great idea.
Preteens are moving from early childhood (where free time at camp is a recipe for disaster) towards adolescence (where free time at camp is a necessary ingredient).
How do we balance preteen’s felt need for free time and the safety issues involved in giving preteens free time?
Today on the podcast, Sean shares 4 ideas how they’ve made free time work for their preteen camp:
The right time-frame (what part of the day and for how long?)
A strict buddy system and buddy-switching policy
Clear boundaries as to where preteens can go
A “No Cabin Hang-Out” rule
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