I remember my first time ever going to sleep away camp. I believe I was in 2nd, maybe 3rd grade at the time, and honestly wasn't a huge fan of staying away from home.
My parents convinced me to go, and my older brother was going to the same camp, which made it easier. Until the second-to-last day when I got food poisoning and had to go home a day early. Luckilly, this didn't spoil my appetite for camp for the rest of my life, and I spend several summers at one sleep away camp or another.
The question many parents face when it comes to summer camp is, "Is my child really ready for sleep away camp?".