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Summer camp success: Things to know before sending your kid to camp

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If you’re looking to send your children to overnight camp this summer, there are a few important things to consider to set them up for success. Camp Reed Executive Director Philip “Buster” Harrison offers the following advice for families getting prepared for camp this summer:

Key #1: Review Rules and Activities

Harrison says going over the rules and activities in advance with your camper will set the expectations. They will know what is and what is not allowed in advance of their visit. Also, going over the available activities will get them excited for what’s to come during their week.

Key #2: Don’t Say…

Harrison says there are things to avoid telling your children, including “I’m only a phone call away” and “I’ll come get you if…”. Harrison says kids hold onto those pieces of information instead of focusing on trying to have a good time. Harrison says instead to focus on the positive and tell your kids that they’ll have fun and they’ll enjoy themselves.

Key #3 Share Detailed Health History

Camps advise filling out the health history form in great detail. Make the camp aware of limitations, restrictions, allergies and the reaction your child could have to exposure.

Key #4 Pack With Camper

This tip is especially important for younger campers. Packing their bags with them will allow your child to see what kind of gear they are taking to camp. Also, make sure to help them set up once they’re in their cabin. Doing so will allow them to know what they have and where it is so that their counselor doesn’t have to help them search for things like their toothbrush, coat, boots, etc.

Key #5 Know the Water Rules

Parents can get nervous knowing their child will be near water without them. Informing yourself with the camp water rules, required swim tests, etc. will help set parents at ease and ensure your swimmer is not put into dangerous situations.

Key #6 Trust Your Counselor

Research how counselors are hired and the training they undergo. Knowing that your child is in good hands and helping ensure them of that will set the entire family up for successful week apart.

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