My fondest memories of summer when I was a kid was going to summer camp. I loved it! Making new friends and doing lots of activities during the day in a structured environment suited me perfectly. I got emotionally attached to my camp counselors every year and cried on the last day of camp every single time!
I went to day camp, Girl Scout camp and overnight camp until I got too old to go.
This is the time of year when school is drawing to a close and you might be sending your kids off the camp. Whether it's day camp or overnight camp, it takes some preparation.
Are you ready for Summer Camp?
I found some tips from the American Camp Association that might help you out.
Plan Ahead - Your happy camper will be living out of a duffel bag, trunk or suitcase for the duration of their camping experience. If you pack light, it will be easier for your camper to keep track of their items and helps them handle their own luggage at camp.
Review Camp Packing Lists - Each camp should provide a recommended camp packing list, complete with any equipment they require, including recommended footwear, etc. Carefully review that is needed and pay special attention to the items that are not permitted. Before packing your child's favor hand held gaming system, make sure the camp permits electronic items. Many do not. If you're not sure, speak with the camp director to get clarity.
Label Everything - You can use laundry pens, iron-ons and press-and-stick labels to distinquish your child's items from other campers. Most camps ask that you label each and every item, including clothing, personal items and toiletries. Make sure your child knows where the label is located on these items.
Break In Shoes and Boots Before Camp Begins - If you are purchasing new sneakers, boots or any other type of shoes for camp, make sure they wear them at least once before they pack them to be sure they will be comfortable. The last thing your child wants to do is have to sit out on an activity because they new hiking boots make their feet sore.
Prepare Together - Make sure your camper knows what is being packed and where so they can find what they need when they need it.
If you have a specific question, don't hesitate to contact your camp director. They are there to help you and your camper prepare for an exciting and fun experience.
If you have any questions about how to get organized or are too overwhelmed and don't know where to begin, don't hesitate to contact me. I am more than happy to help!
Have a great week!