March 2, 2012
We don't want to make you nervous, but the most common months for Summer Camp sign up are December-March. So if you haven't begun your selection process, you may want to start soon, and space fills up quick!
First you should decide if you are going to a day camp or a sleep away camp.
Sleep away camps provide a summer residential program where campers enjoy daily and evening activities. Depending on what you choose, camp can last from one week to an entire summer.
Things to consider:
- Is your child ready for a sleepaway experience? Practice having your child be away from you by sending them for a weekend at Grandma's or a friend's house. A child with nighttime fears is probably not ready for sleepaway camp.
- What is night time security like?
- How many kids to a cabin and how many counselors to a cabin?
- What are the total costs of sleepaway camp?
Once you decide if you are a day camper or a resident camper, you can begin choosing a summer camp that supports and highlights your child's interests.
There is a wide variety to choose from like art camps, horseback riding clinics, cheer leading camps, dance camps, camps for Scouts, and even specialized camps, including those for people with disabilities or special needs. Aside from sports and scout camps you can locate a camp that will include everything from art and music to science.
You should have no problem selecting a camp that matches your child's needs, interests and personality. Fishing and computers? Dirt bike racing and snorkeling? Tennis and dancing? There is a camp out there that is right for your child.
Medication at Camp
If your child takes daily medication, ask the director how it is distributed. All medication at camps is kept locked up at the health center. In the event your child needs to have an inhaler or epi-pen, ask what the camp policy is for carrying these items before you send your child off to camp with them. Talk to your child about where the health center is.
Label all medication with your child's name! All medicine, prescriptions as well as vitamins need to be in their original containers with instructions. Please make sure your child has enough for the duration of their stay.
Questions to ask:
- When trips are taken off camp grounds, what type of medical precaustions are taken?
- When and how are parents are notified if the camper becomes ill or injured at camp.
- What health care providers the camp employs. What are their credentials?
- Where is the nearest hospital?
- Where is the nearest pharmacy?
- Are you called before your child is taken off-site to a physician?
- How is the staff trained to meet health care needs?
GreatSchools.com also has a great article on “10 Things to Ask When Choosing a Summer Camp” that you can find HERE.
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