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Next week I will be heading out with 12 kids to go to a summer camp for a week full of fun, swimming, camping, and more. There are a few things that I need to be watching for while I am there, like Poison Ivy and more, and it got me to thinking — have I prepared my daughter for what she might encounter while there?
These tips will help all of us parents prepare our kids for the day that they leave for summer camp.
Get a Camp Physical first!
Camp physicals are a great way to make sure a camper can safely participate in activities. This is a great way to make sure your child is not left on the sidelines during games and other camp fun.
Don’t know where to go for a camp physical? CVS Minute Clinic can help!
The nurses at the CVS Minute Clinic are ready to help with complete physicals, camp paperwork and more!
Making the Transition to Camp a Little Easier
Stay in Touch
Give your child an easy way to reach you. Try self-addressed, stamped postcards that are ready to go whenever they want to write home. Ask if the camp offers ways to connect with your camper, such as email or by phone. You may also want to ask about wireless access if your child has a mobile device.
Talk to Your Child
Let your children know that it’s okay to be worried, a little nervous, or to miss home at first. Be encouraging and remind them that this will be an adventure and home will be there when they return.
Pack Something Familiar
If they’re ever feeling homesick, a trinket from home can be comforting – whether it’s a photo, blanket, stuffed animal or their favorite toy.
Have Them Log Their Trip
Encourage your children to preserve camp memories. Disposable cameras and journals are great mediums for them to share their experiences with friends and family, and to relive their adventure.
What to Pack for Camp
In addition to the usual sneakers, towel, swimsuit and toiletries, here’s what other items that should be packed in your camper’s suitcase.
- First and foremost, your child is never fully packed without a camp physical. Physicals ensure your campers are in good health before they head off for a schedule full of physical activity
- Sun protection: broad spectrum sunscreen (this protects against UVB and UVA rays), lip balm with SPF, and 100% UV protection sunglasses
- A small first aid kit: bandages, antiseptic, poison ivy cream and insect and bite relief cream
- A flashlight and spare set of batteries
- Medications with dosage instructions. Remember to inform camp staff of your child’s specific medical needs
- If you child has allergies, make sure to inform staff and provide the appropriate over-the-counter or prescription medications
If your kid is heading off to camp this year, be sure to visit CVS and the Minute Clinic for all your camping needs!