With the dawn of June comes summer and outdoor activities including camping … specifically summer camps for kids!
Sending a child away to camp can be nerve wracking (and scary!), after all your kids depend on you for so much.
When packing for camp, it is important to pack enough, yet to keep it minimal. Be sure to incorporate the items below into your child’s outdoor adventure:
__ Sleeping Bag or Bedding
__ Jacket or Sweatshirt for Chilly Nights
__ Rain Coat or Poncho
__ Hiking Boots or Closed Toe Shoes with Good Soles
__ Shower Shoes/Flip Flops
__ Wash Cloth
__ Shampoo – Travel sizes are always best
__ Bar of Soap – This can be left behind
__ Laundry or Plastic Bag
__ Hair Ties for Long Hair
__ Small Back Pack for Hikes
__ Swim suit
__ Fast Drying Clothing
__ Flashlight and Extra Batteries
__ Water Bottle
__ Bug Repellent
__ Postage Stamps
__ Camera (Disposable is Best)
__ Deck of Cards
And if you can, tuck in something sentimental, just to let your little camper know that you are thinking of them while they are gone. (keep in mind that things DO get lost at camp, so make sure it is replaceable if need be) – stuffed animal, picture from home, etc.
It’s important to leave many items at home; candy, electronics, snacks (unless allowed by the camp), valuable items, and any other prohibited materials that typically would not be allowed in a school or classroom setting. If your child has allergies or perhaps needs a particular medication, be sure to label it appropriately and check with your summer camp how that medicine should be administered. It is always wise to copy your child’s medical insurance card. Your camp should ask for important phone numbers including your own, your child’s doctor, and who else to call in case of emergency.
You might consider giving your child a trial run at camping by having a family campout in the back yard beforehand. This will give them an idea of what to expect, and only add to the memories that you create together while preparing for this new adventure in independence that your child is embarking on!
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The biggest and most important thing to pack is a positive attitude….this will be learning and exciting experience your child will never forget! Happy camping!