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Old 07-11-2012, 06:03 PM   #11
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Have you ever had a child this age? It's not uncommon for them to start to be aware of their bodies. And be shy about it. I'm leaning towards maybe you haven't experienced this age yet. It's an age where kids are starting to exert a lot of independent over things. I don't think this child has 'body issues' he is uncomfortable. My oldest would be too. My youngest would be glad to walk around naked. Lol. It's not that weird.
Yep, that. He's actually a very insightful and mature kid for wanting to maintain his privacy. Forcing him to go against those instincts (the the lessons on privacy that he has no doubt been receiving for a while) would actually be counter-productive and possibly confusing for him, IMO.

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I would send him in with a long shirt that covers all 'private' areas.

ALL my kids have been private with their bodies at that age. It's normal. We teach them to keep their privates private so I don't think it's a big deal!
I like the shirt idea, or the velcro on the towel. If he isn't comfortable with those ideas, I would check with the camp to see if he can have permission to use a bathroom or separate room. I understand the convenience of keeping them all in the same place, but surely there is no camp rule that REQUIRES them to change in the same room. If so, I would have some serious questions for the leadership.

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Yep, that. He's actually a very insightful and mature kid for wanting to maintain his privacy. Forcing him to go against those instincts (the the lessons on privacy that he has no doubt been receiving for a while) would actually be counter-productive and possibly confusing for him, IMO.

I like the shirt idea, or the velcro on the towel. If he isn't comfortable with those ideas, I would check with the camp to see if he can have permission to use a bathroom or separate room. I understand the convenience of keeping them all in the same place, but surely there is no camp rule that REQUIRES them to change in the same room. If so, I would have some serious questions for the leadership.
You might be surprised. There was a rule in HS that you "HAD" to change in the locker area and not the bathroom stalls. Totally lame and I hated it!!!!!

Hopefully this camp doesn't have this rule!
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You might be surprised. There was a rule in HS that you "HAD" to change in the locker area and not the bathroom stalls. Totally lame and I hated it!!!!!

Hopefully this camp doesn't have this rule!
That's true. I had forgotten - our school had that rule, too. But, we also had a bathroom stall and 2-3 shower stalls in each locker room, so there were privacy options. Did other schools have them, too?
I just hope they are understanding about it. Especially with so many kids having too-early sexual experiences and bullying, it seems wrong to discourage genuine modesty.
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That's true. I had forgotten - our school had that rule, too. But, we also had a bathroom stall and 2-3 shower stalls in each locker room, so there were privacy options. Did other schools have them, too?
I just hope they are understanding about it. Especially with so many kids having too-early sexual experiences and bullying, it seems wrong to discourage genuine modesty.
We had a shower area with a small separation wall. Same for the toilet! We weren't allowed to change in them though I never used the shower or the toilet. Privacy people!!!!!!
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Thanks everyone for the awesome suggestions and ideas. I am going to give some of them a try. I am going to camp next week for parent day so I will talk to his camp counselors then.
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