Welcome back! This is part two of our summer camp prep guide for parents. In this guide, we will provide two more helpful tips on how to best prepare your child for summer camp to ensure that they truly enjoy their campers’ life:
Step #4: Discuss With Your Child What They Can Expect to Experience at Camp
It’s important to have an open dialogue with your child about what they can expect to experience at camp. This will help them feel more prepared and confident when they arrive.
Start by discussing the types of activities that will be available at camp. Many camps offer a range of activities, such as swimming, ropes courses, archery, and more. Ask your child which activities they are most looking forward to and encourage them to try new things.
Explain that camp is a great place to make friends and try new things, so they should be open to trying it.
Next, talk about the living arrangements at camp. Depending on the camp, your child may live in a cabin with other campers or a tent with a small group of friends. Explain that the space may be tight but will be a great way to bond with their peers. Additionally, discuss the importance of respecting others’ personal space and belongings.
It’s also important to talk about daily routines at camp. Explain that morning meetings, meal times, and quiet times may occur throughout the day. It’s important to stress the importance of following rules and respecting other campers.
Finally, discuss the importance of being safe. Remind your child to stay with a group and not venture off alone. Stressing the importance of staying together and following rules will help keep your child safe and sound.
Step #5: Prepare and Pack for Camp
Now that you have all the necessary items for the camp, it’s time to start preparing and packing for the big trip!
- Organize: Before packing, organize all your camper’s items into categories. This will make it easier to find things when needed and ensure everything fits into their luggage.
- Label: Make sure to label all of your camper’s items with their name and details of the item. This will make it easier for them to identify their belongings and ensure nothing gets lost during the summer months.
- Choose Versatile Clothing: Make sure to choose clothing appropriate for the season and versatile. Choose clothes and shoes that can be worn multiple times, as laundry facilities are usually limited or nonexistent at camp.
- Pack Comfort Items: Pack items that will remind your camper of home. This can include photos, a favorite stuffed animal, or any other items that will help them feel more comfortable in a new environment.
- Pack Sunscreen: Sunscreen is a must for any summer camp. Make sure to pack a bottle of sunscreen with a high SPF.
- Pack a First Aid Kit: Make sure to pack a basic first aid kit containing bandages, antiseptic wipes, antibacterial ointment, and any other items that may be needed in case of an emergency.
- Pack Essentials: Don’t forget to pack any essential items your camper may need, such as toiletries, a water bottle, a flashlight, and a sleeping bag.
Preparing your child for summer camp is essential to ensure an enjoyable experience. It is important to talk with them about the activities and expectations and provide information about the camp, such as the rules, what to bring, and any additional safety measures. Additionally, providing your child with good physical and mental preparation before they attend camp is beneficial. By taking the time to prepare your child, you can help ensure that they have the best campers’ life possible.
Come to Camp Michawana in West Michigan to experience camping with a faith-based focus. Our camp offers RV camping, group camping, student summer camps, and family camps. It’s where kids go to have a truly memorable campers’ life!