School break is finally here, and summer camps are open for everyone, including experienced and new campers. As a parent, sending your child to summer camp during their school break is a great choice. They will be able to experience a new environment, learn new things, make new friends, and a much-needed break from their electronic gadgets.
Everyone wants a positive summer camp experience, but if this is your first time, you may be a bit anxious about the preparation. Making sure everything is planned in advance is key to having an enjoyable summer camp experience. The team at Camp Live Oak has created a checklist of all the things to consider while preparing for your child’s next summer camp trip.
Make Sure Your Child is Ready
You will find your kids to be more relaxed and excited for the summer camp when you give them an idea of what to expect. This can also help them beat the anxiety of the unknown. Answer any questions they may have about the summer camp and the activities there so they can be both physically and mentally prepared.
Prepare them for homesickness if you think there is a possibility they will miss their pets, family, or friends back home. Lastly, don’t forget to share your own camping experiences with them as it can help them build a positive attitude towards camping.
Visit The Campsite Ahead of Time
Before you sign up, visit the camp, and get a glimpse of the place where you will be sending your child for summer camp. By doing this, you can have peace of mind and it would be easier to pack for the trip too.
Let your children tag along on this trip so they can get familiar with the place too. If visiting the camp ahead of time is not possible, browse their websites and pages on social media, to get an insight into what it would be like to spend time there.
Schedule a visit to the doctor and see if your kid is both mentally and physically ready for activities that will be conducted during the camp. If your child has special needs or is taking any medications, talk to the camp’s health staff and make sure they are aware of those conditions. Be sure to pack their medicine in a labelled container with instructions so you can rest easy knowing your child is having a fun and laughter filled summer.
Packing: What to Bring
Knowing what to pack and what not to, is essential for every summer camp trip. First timers must do a little sleuthing. Ask other campers or staff for a checklist of things you may need to pack for the camp. Unless needed, avoid packing money, electronic gadgets, or toys, as they can create a distraction for your child.
Check with the staff if treatments for bug bites, minor scrapes or cuts, and sleep necessities will be provided at the camp. The best way to ensure you don’t forget anything is to make a checklist of essential things to pack, such as towels, shoes, clothing, snacks, and any other fun extras.
Follow the Rules and Have Fun!
Summer camp is a lot different and more fast-paced than regular schools. There will be activities your child may have never done before. Tell your camper in a positive manner there will be rules at the camp they must follow. But more importantly, tell them to have as much fun as they can!
Lastly, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the summer camp staff during your camper’s stay. At Camp Live Oak, we are committed to helping you and your child get the best out of the summer camp experience. Remain confident and be thrilled for your camper as summer camp is filled with lots of exciting activities your child will surely enjoy!