The Happy Camper Guide

Preparing your child for summer camp

Welcome to our guide on preparing your child for summer camp! As a parent, you want your little one to have an amazing and memorable experience at camp. That’s why we’re here to provide you with valuable tips and advice on how to get your child ready for this exciting adventure. From packing essentials to addressing concerns, we’ve got you covered. So, let’s dive in and ensure your child is fully prepared to make the most out of their summer camp journey!

Book A Doctor

Make an appointment with your pediatrician as soon as possible if the camp requires a physical in order to attend the camp.

Involve Your Child In The Packing Process

Make a list of items that your child will need for camp, such as clothing, toiletries, and any necessary gear – many camps will even have a list available upon enrollment. Let your child help choose what items to bring, as this will give them a sense of ownership over the experience and help ensure they have everything they need. And don’t forget to label EVERYTHING!

Practice Independence

Camp is an opportunity for children to gain independence and self-confidence, so it’s important to start preparing your child for this ahead of time. Encourage your child to make decisions, such as choosing their own outfits or planning their own schedule, and give them opportunities to do things on their own.

Practice self-care:

Encourage your child to practice self-care before leaving for camp. This can include taking a shower, brushing their teeth, and getting dressed independently.

Prepare for Homesickness

Homesickness is a common experience for children at summer camp. Talk to your child about strategies they can use to cope, such as bringing a favorite item from home or writing letters to loved ones.

Discuss Rules and Expectations

Discuss safety guidelines with your child, including rules about water activities, fire safety, and emergency procedures. Make sure your child understands the rules and expectations of the camp. This can include behavior expectations, safety guidelines, communication with counselors, and how to ask for help.

Visit the Camp

If possible, take your child to visit the camp before they attend. This will help them become familiar with the surroundings and feel more comfortable.

Teach problem-solving skills

Teach your child problem-solving skills, so they can handle any challenges or conflicts they may encounter at camp. This can include practicing conflict resolution, communication skills, and decision-making skills.

Make Sure It’s Something Your Child Is Ready For

Sit down with your child and talk about what to expect at camp, such as the activities they will participate in, the food they will eat, and the accommodations they will have. It’s also important to address any concerns your child may have about attending summer camp. Listen to their worries and provide reassurance and guidance as needed.

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