A Healthy Summer Camp Experience Begins at Home
Here are some recommendations to help your child have a great camp experience:
* Know your camp’s policy about illness and attendance.
* Teach your child to wash his or her hands often.
* If your child has mental, emotional or social health challenges, talk with a camp representative in advance.
* Make sure your child has appropriate closed-toe shoes for activities like soccer or hiking.
* Send enough clothes for your child to dress in layers if necessary.
* Fatigue contributes to injuries and illnesses. Talk to your child about getting enough rest at night.
* Pack sunscreen and teach your child how to apply it.
* Send a reusable water bottle and instruct your child to refill it frequently.
* Tell your child to talk with his or her counselor about problems or things that bother him or her while at camp.
* Should something come up during the camp experience or afterward — an illness develops or your child shares an upsetting story — contact the camp. Good communication is essential.
Source: American Camp Association