Laurissa Anyas-Weiss, content producer
Overnight camps are a great way for kids to experience our amazing Canadian wilderness. Whether it's learning to canoe, sail, build a campfire or just making friends - summer camp memories last a lifetime.
Before you send your camper off into the forest, here are some tips for making their adventure a happy one!
Label Label Label
Whether it's your child's hat, water bottle or sleeping 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., canoe trips, etc.) where access may not be through the main camp number.
Tuck Shop Most residential camps offer a tuck shop where campers can purchase snacks, drinks, camp merchandise, toiletries, etc. Prices and availability differ from camp to camp. Find out what the camp policy is regarding the Tuck Shop and what the recommended amount is for the period your child is attending. Be sure your child understands how much they have to spend.
Going to Overnight Camp for the First Time
Being homesick is a natural, healthy emotion that many children and adults experience from time to time. Camp staff are trained and know how to deal with homesickness, but you can better prepare your children by reassuring them that they have your support as they cope with their feelings:
While Your Child is Away
Things to Take
The list below is a guideline for a stay at a general, multi-activity camp. Keep in mind that weather conditions may differ depending on where the camp is located so adjust the list accordingly. Always check with the camp you choose for any additional items that campers need to bring.
*Note: Some camps provide bed linens and towels and some do not. Please check to see if you will need to pack sheets, pillowcases, blankets and towels for your camper.
Bedding and Linen
Source: OurKids Summer Camp