Enrolling your child to a summer camp is both thrilling and terrifying for parents. You’re excited because your child is growing and it’s time for them to learn how to spread their wings. You worry a little because they are going away for a while and you’re not there for them. But set your fears aside, you need to ensure that your child will enjoy his or her experience in the camp.
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Prepare what’s on the packing list
A few weeks before the camp starts, parents are provided a packing list by the camp. Normally what’s on the list are items the children need to bring like soap, shampoo, etc. It also enumerates the stuff they won’t need like tablet, cellphone, etc. It’s important that you follow what’s on the list. If you forgot some item, your child may buy it at the camp store, but it’s much expensive. Sneaking some prohibited items (because you just want your kids to enjoy) is extremely discouraged because it sends a wrong message to the child, that “they are special and rules don’t apply to them.” This will create problem in the camp and may affect your child.
Make an appointment with your doctor
Once you receive the welcome letter from the camp along with other forms, if you are asked to get your child a health clearance before he or she can attend the camp, visit your doctor immediately. If all the children in your area are also going to the same camp, there’s a probability that your doctor’s schedule is full.
Label all supplies
Do not forget to label all your child’s belongings. Children usually leave their stuff scattered on the floor. It will be difficult for them to sort out their things if they don’t know who owns what. Use a permanent marker to write your child’s name in every item or pre-order printed fabric labels for bedding, towels, and clothing. This way, the chance of your child losing an item is low.
Educate your child on what to expect
Before you send your child to summer camp, they should already know what to expect. Parents should explain to their children how it’s like to stay in the camp so they would have an idea.
Young campers usually encounter problems, so before you send your child to the camp, they must already know basic personal hygiene.
Do a trial run
If your child has not experienced sleepover yet, it’s time you let them. A few weeks before your child leaves for camp, schedule a sleepover at a friend’s or the grandparents’ house every weekend so that they can still have fun even without you.
Teach them how to make friends
Some children are not sure how to approach others and make friends at the camp. Ease their worry, let them bring extra items that would make a good conversation starter with other kids. Good examples would be nail polish, celebrity or fashion magazines, and Frisbee—these items usually attract other girls and provide them something to do in the cabin.