“It makes the relationship even better.”
That’s how Sue and Dan feel when their daughter Caitlin goes to Pine Tree Camp: it helps their relationship grow as a family.
“It’s good for her and it’s also good for us as parents,” said Sue. “As parents we tend to want to do everything for her, and her time at camp has helped me to grow and give her room to be independent.”
Caitlin has been going to Pine Tree Camp since she was nine years old. She’s now 24 and attending adult camp.
The confidence she’s gained over the years at Pine Tree Camp is apparent to them.
“When she’s at camp she interacts with her peers and is able to do different things that she doesn’t do with us at home. It breaks up our routine, and I love that,” Sue continued. “She’s learned there are things she can do that she never thought she could, and the independence and interaction with people is such a plus. If she were just home with us all the time and not out in the community meeting new people and making friends, it would set her back.”
She has also learned that Caitlin’s week at Pine Tree Camp is a time she can have that’s just for her.
“What we’ve taken away as parents is that we need to trust and let go and give her that time for herself. I know she’s in good hands and she most definitely will continue to go as she gets older. It’s a great experience.”