Summer camp provides the perfect opportunity for children to make new friends, learn new things and create memories to last a lifetime. Make sure your child has a safe and healthy camp experience!
Before sending your little campers off for their big adventure, make sure you've taken the right steps to prepare them. Here are some suggestions for making sure your little ones are ready for summer camp:
Research the Camp
Make sure the camp you send your little guy or gal to is accredited by the American Camp Association. You can also check out the camp to see how they score with the Better Business Bureau. Be sure to visit the camp before deciding. Find out if the camp is equipped to handle medical emergencies and learn about their procedures. Another great way to research a camp is to ask other parents for references.
Address Special Needs & Allergies
If your child has any special needs such as allergies, medicine or an ongoing illness, work with your child's pediatrician and the camp to create a plan.
Visit the Doctor
Take your child for a pre-camp checkup to make sure he or she is in good health. While there, your doctor can also provide you with a review of your child's health that you can give to the camp.
Prepare them Mentally
If your child is going to camp for the first time, it can be a pretty big deal. Homesickness can be a concern, but it can be prevented with a little preparation. Make sure you discuss it with your child before the drop-off. You might want to take a trial run by arranging for your child to stay with relatives for a night or two to see how he or she does away from home.
Still a little nervous about sending your little camper off? Check out our Health Library or visit these resources to learn more about preparing for summer camp: