#ReadySetCamp: Tips for a Great Week at Camp

Today  both kiddos are off to camp- for the first time, they’re doing camp apart from each other. The boy is off to his first Scout day camp, and MaM is doing a park camp that focuses on nature. I can’t wait to hear about their days!!

Both programs are day camps, with one overnight for MaM. We were *almost* ready to sign her up for resident camp, but decided not to this summer. I have promised that she will be going to sleep IMG_7415away camp in 2016. Think she’ll hold me to it?

Actually, I can’t wait for her to have the experience of resident camp. I loved camp as a girl, and I loved camp when I was a counselor for three summers in college. Crazy fun things happen at camp!

If you’re getting your camper ready to go away for a few days (or a few weeks), the MinuteClinic and CVS* have you covered. From camp physicals and immunization updates, to treating things like poison ivy, MinuteClinic can help. While you’re there, you can also pick up camp essentials such as:

  • sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • band aids
  • after-bite/anti-itch cream
  • travel size toiletries
  • flashligt batteries
  • disposable camera (it may blow your child’s mind how those work)
  • any OTC meds your child may need (turn those into the camp nurse when you get there)

When your child returns home, if she’s got a questionable rash or insect bit, the MinuteClinic can help assess the situation. Chances are though, you child will be physically fine while she’s away from home- but what about emotionally?

In my years as a camp counselor, I think we only sent one girl home for severe homesickness. For most campers, the first night at camp is usually the hardest, and then it gets easier each subsequent night. At the week’s closing campfire, many campers are crying…because they don’t want to go home!

Most camps will do a terrific job of keeping kids so busy, they don’t have time to think about home. With technology, some camps will send emails throughout the week with unit updates and photos (because you may be a little lost too). Even if you are a little sad/anxious, it’s important that your child doesn’t see it.

I still remember mail my family sent to me while I was away (I’m sure my mom probably mailed post cards before I left)- it’s always fun to get  mail. Send your camper fun postcards with upbeat messages, like “I can’t wait to hear about the fun you’re having” and say things like “See you Friday!” instead of “we miss you”.

If you think she’ll use them, send stamped, addressed envelopes or postcards with your camper. From what I’ve heard, they don’t get used so much. And that’s ok- if they’re not writing home, chances are they’re having a great time making friends and memories. And that’s what Camp is all about!

*Thanks to MinuteClinic for sponsoring today’s post. Right now, if you get a camp physical at a MinuteClinic near you, you will receive a CVS coupon book valued at $25 on some important summer time essentials!

 

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