Your children are most likely looking forward to the more relaxed part of the year that’s just around the corner. A time when there’s no early morning wake up call to get ready for school and bed times are not quite as strict as they are normally. The summer holidays really are a beautiful time of the year when you’re a child. However, as a parent, this time of the year can actually be more troublesome than the rest of the year as you won’t usually be able to take such an extended break from work yourself in order to look after your children. For that reason, day camp programs have become invaluable to many parents, ensuring your children are kept stimulated and continue their development during the day while you’re hard at work putting food on the table. If this year is the first year that your child is going to attend a day camp, you are no doubt eager to ensure that all goes well. By following the tips we’ve put together for you in this post you can increase the chances that your child has a positive day camp experience.
Is Your Child Going to Day Camp? Here’s Some Tips to Ensure It’s a Good Experience
First time day camper? Seasoned pro? It doesn’t matter how many times your kid has attended day camp, the following tips will always help to ensure they enjoy their time at day camp as much as possible.
- Try New Activities – Day camp is a great opportunity for your child to discover new interests and explore activities that they’ve never tried before. It might be possible that your child loves nature, is brilliant at football or is a natural scientist, but they just don’t know it yet. Let them choose a day camp that offers a range of activities that really appeal to them.
- Don’t Forget the Sunscreen – There’s nothing worse than getting badly sunburnt and at the average day camp much of the time your child will be outside in the summer sun (which is one of the biggest advantages of enrolling your child in a summer camp by the way). For this reason before you drop them off, make sure you apply sunscreen and pack a bottle in their bag. It might also be a wise decision to send them to day camp with a sun hat too.
- Dress Them Appropriately – Giving your child some degree of control over the decisions that are made in the lead up to day camp can make them feel a little less anxious about the whole thing, but you need to make sure the clothes that they wear are appropriate. If it’s hot outside don’t let them go to day camp in jeans and a sweater. They need to be both safe and comfortable and footwear should be chosen according to the type of activities that they are going to be doing.
- Don’t Let Them Take a Phone or Digital Games – This is precisely the type of thing that a day camp is designed to get your child away from. It’s a sign of the times that under 10′s now often own a mobile phone and a gaming device, but don’t let them take these items with them if you want them to get the maximum benefit out of the day camp.
- Notify the Camp of Any medical Conditions – The staff at the day camp your enrol your son or daughter in needs to be fully aware of any medical conditions that they have and any medications that they may need to take. It’s also wise to notify staff members if your child is going through a “rough patch” due to the breakup of a marriage or a similarly significant event, as this will enable the staff to provide a better level of care.
For more tips and advice about day camp and summer camp programs, contact us at 289-234-2700.