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Summer Camp Checklist - Day Camp

Laurissa Anyas-Weiss, content producer

July 6, 2009 — Day camp is a great way to break up the long two month summer break. Whether it's horseback riding camp, skateboarding camp or the more traditional crafts and games camp - day camps are a great way to spend the summer!

Below are some helpful hints to make sure your child's camp experience is a great one!

Label Label Label
Whether it's your child's hat, water bottle or lunch bag don't forget to label everything – first and last name. For more valuable items consider including a contact number.

Medication and Allergies
Most camps will require a medical form be completed at registration. It is still a good idea to alert your child’s counselor of any medical conditions or allergies that could affect his/her experience. Make sure any medication is clearly labeled with instructions as well as emergency and physician contact information.

Emergency Contact Information
Make sure the camp has multiple ways of contacting you, your spouse/partner and your emergency contacts. Just as important, make sure you have all necessary contact numbers for the camp. Some camps operate satellite locations (i.e., soccer pitches, field trips) where access may not be through the main camp number.

Pickup RoutinesMost camps will ask for a list of people who are authorized to pickup your child. In these days of tighter security, many camps will only release a child to a designated individual with identification. Make sure anyone who will be picking up your child carries photo identification with them.

Day Camp Checklist:

  • Sunscreen (SPF 30)
  • Insect repellent
  • Filled water bottle
  • Healthy snacks – avoid foods that may contain peanuts
  • Hat
  • Bathing suit / Towel
  • Rain coat
  • Comfortable running shoes or sport sandals (no flip flops)
  • Extra set of clothes
  • Medication with a note about how it should be administered
  • Bottle of hand sanitizer
  • Preparing a First-Timer for Camp
    Going to camp for the first time should be celebrated by you and your child, not feared. It's an exciting time where children will get to explore new interests, build new skills, make friends and learn from mentors. But anything new may require some getting used to. Here are some ways to ease your child into camp:

    • Help kids understand what's involved, discuss the activities, review the routine.
    • Share memories and stories from your camping days or when you spent time away from home doing something special.
    • Talk about the fun things and adventures ahead.
    • Help your child have realistic expectations; as in their daily lives at home, not every moment will be action-packed and there will be ups and downs.

    Source: OurKids Summer Camps

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