It’s Time to Start Planning For Summer Camps!

By Rebecca Vitkus
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For many kids this summer, camp is where they’re headed. It is a place to create lifelong friendships and memories that last for decades to come. There are many options and activities to choose from, so it’s time to start planning for summer camps now!


The Day Camp Experience

When parents have great memories of childhoods spent singing campfire songs, it’s hard to understand the reluctance their kids may have about going away for the summer. The decision of whether or not to send a kid to summer camp can be incredibly stressful and often lasts for years. So what’s a parent to do when a kid just won’t go?

If you’re an anxious parent with an anxious child, the best bet is to wait until you’re both more comfortable. Try introducing your child to a day camp so he can meet new friends and experience what it’s like, just for a few hours. Let him know it’s fine to be nervous, but try not to let any of your own anxiety show.

To encourage your child to try out a new camp, involve him in the selection process. Find camp environments that will interest him, and give him power to choose his own experience. Take him shopping for new camp clothes and invite his questions, doing your best to put off any worries he may have.

You know your child best, so use your instincts to determine when, if ever, is the right time for sleep-away camp, and remember to consider day camp as an alternative route.


Overnight Camp List

With all the excitement of a summer at sleep-away camp, it’s easy to forget something important! Make sure your children have all the necessities before you send them off to camp.

– Bedding and linens (beach and bath towels)
– Clothes for all weather (heat, cold, rain) and activities (bathing suits, pajamas)
– A journal and pens or pencils
– Plenty of stamped, addressed envelopes for writing letters home
– Sneakers, shower shoes and extra socks
– Toiletries and lip balm
– Insect repellent and sunscreen
– Flashlight and water bottle
– Medications or other health needs
– Cash, as you see fit


Packing a Healthy Camp Lunch

Keep kids healthy, hydrated and happy at summer camp with these yummy lunch options.

  • Veggie sticks
  • Rice cakes
  • Apple slices
  • Raisins
  • Hummus
  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Pretzels
  • Oranges
  • Peanut butter and apples
  • Graham crackers and Nutella
  • Chips and salsa
  • Fresh fruit cups
  • Applesauce
  • Nuts
  • Granola bars
  • Cheese sticks

– Always pack an ice pack, hand wipes and disposable silverware.
– Avoid mayo based foods.

Keep In Touch!

Some of the best friendships in a child’s life develop through hours spent at camp, so it’s important for campers to stay connected. In the world of social media and instant messaging, there’s no excuse for lost friendships just because the kids live far away. Connect with the other campers’ parents online to stay in contact. Even better, encourage the kids to write to each other, and help them send mail to their new pen pals. After all, everyone loves getting a letter!

Start planning now for summer camp so that when the time comes, both you and your kiddo are ready! Happy camping!


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