Prayer for bringing a child to overnight summer camp

teen jumping into a lake
My child,
May you be safe.
May you find friends who will be loyal enough to support you
and trusting enough to release you.
May your counselor be a reliable older sibling for you<
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May you have food that nourishes you and makes your body grow.
May you be warm at night.
I packed blankets and coats and pajamas for you, but I cannot pack a hug or a snuggle.
I’m proud of you, my child, for the courage to step away from family and  familiarity
I chose this camp for you, my child, because I believe it will nurture your curiosity
I chose this camp because its values align with ours
(I chose this camp because I was a camper here and so were your grandparents)*
I chose this camp because I imagine you coming home <
<bigger, healthier and smarter after this summer.< I>Add your own reasons why you chose this camp for your child, and your own visions of how your child might come home changed.
I will wait for your letters, my child,
I will save the pictures from camp
I will miss your presence
I will await your return.
Fly my child, fly…
May the angels guard you in all your ways
May God guard your goings and comings from now and forever

כִּי מַלְאָכָיו יְצַוֶּה לָּךְ לִשְׁמָרְךָ בְּכָל דְּרָכֶיךָ

אֲדֹנָי יִשְׁמָר צֵאתְךָ וּבוֹאֶךָ מֵעַתָּה וְעַד עוֹלָם

Psalm 91:11
*Add when applicable
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