I would say 11/12 for a sports camp. Just due usual maturity levels and it is a good time to test independence from parents.. Under that age I feel they could get more scared or not be able to complete daily living skills 100% correctly. To my knowledge there are no over night camps here but alot of day camps in summer.
I have a 10 year old that my dh wants to send to sleep away camp this summer but I just do not feel that he is ready. Anything can happen over the next year or so and he could be fine, but right now would not be a good idea for him. But, I do think that some children are ready around 8 or 9. It really depends on the individual child and the circumstances.
I went to an overnight, week-long camp starting at age 11. It was a couple hundred miles away from home. I think that was the right age for me, but some kids may not have the maturity level at that age. Some may have it earlier than that, though. Maybe, if there is one, you could do a day camp as a test to see if your child is ready to try a longer one.
My went camping & snorkling at the Catalina Island in 3rd grade (school education field trip). And he camped in the mountain for 4 nights & 5 days in 5th grade (another edu field trip).
DD was 6 1/2 when she went to hr first overnight mini camp last summer. She is mature for her age and was able to go. The rule at camp was they had to complete first grade.
I think 8-9 is good, but it depends on the child, obviously. My nephews went to week long sports camps all their lives, my daughters only went to week-end overnights with 4H. But my oldest went to England, Italy, France & Greece at age 13 with a student group.
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