Is your child used to staying away from home? If not, camp might either be a very useful growth experience or one that is quite traumatizing. Before you sign up for a camp, determine whether your child can handle the responsibility of attending a camp and the distance from home. If your child is ready for camp but is not ready to stay overnight, a summer day camp may be a better option. Such a camp is a great way for a child to get used to the idea of camp without requiring him or her to stay away for weeks at a time.