Today we’re talking about Opening Day, specifically looking at whether it is known as a day of chaos or calm. Most campers and parents love Opening Day (they even compare it to Christmas morning, as it just that exciting). One of our new camper parents said this about Opening Day last year: “This was our first experience with Greystone. Opening Day was my daughter’s favorite day. It was so well organized and was so easy for families.”
But, for some, Opening Day can feel slightly chaotic. So why is it amazing for most and crazy for a few? Today, we’re going to help work through this question so that Opening Day can be much more calm than chaos for you!
First off, having the right expectations is key. Opening Day for a new family is going to involve excitement and nerves…for campers and parents! Children can pick up on how you, the parent, are feeling. So, having the right expectations as a parent is going to go a LONG way in how you perceive Opening Day.
As far as setting expectations, the main thing to keep in mind is that everything is going to work out! We have so many people to help you, and no matter the unknowns, you will get your daughter settled. Things may feel a little crazy at times, but I’d encourage you to embrace the fun of it all.
Here’s a silly example: when you’re waiting to go to your cabin, you’ll be at our Opening Day tent with lots of people. You can see all of the people and think, “Wow, this is overwhelming. We don’t know anyone and there are lots of people.” Or, you can see all of the people and think, “Wow, some of these girls are about to be my daughter’s new friends. I wonder which of these girls they will be? How fun to be part of this exciting moment for my daughter.”
Now, I know this is silly, but truly, your expectations and perception of the situation are really going to make for a calm Opening Day instead of a chaotic one. And it all starts with YOU, the parent.
From those parents who view Opening Day as chaotic, we hear some of the same comments repeated as to why Opening Day felt chaotic. Based on those comments, here are some specific ways you can embrace the chaos and feel calm!
Opening Day is great, and most families (especially the campers!) love it. By keeping your expectations in perspective, and keeping in mind these pointers on how to make things just a little more calm, you’ll be all set for the best day of the summer.
We can’t wait to welcome you to Opening Day! Comment below with any other Opening Day questions. We will see you next week for another New Camper Blog!