My thanks to our sponsor, CVS Minute Clinic for providing the products shown below along with a promotional item to help facilitate today’s #ReadySetCamp post. All opinions and love of outdoor fun are my own.
Is your child attending camp this summer? Whether your child is attending a sleep away camp, or just a fun-filled day away from home; going to camp can be an exciting time for kids and parents. CVS Minute Clinic and I have partnered up today to share some simple tips and checklists to help your child be summer camp ready.
Some camps require a camp physical, sometimes called pre-participation physical. A quick visit to the nurse practitioner at your local CVS Minute Clinic will save you time and stress. They will review your child’s health history and immunizations, perform a thorough physical exam and complete and stamp required paperwork. The nurse practitioner can also make a note of any medications and dosages for the camp staff to keep in your child’s file.
While your child is getting their exam, you can shop for some camp essentials that go beyond the usual swimsuits, towels and sneakers.
Camp Shopping Checklist:
Broad spectrum sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses.
Small first-aid kits with bandages, antiseptic, poison ivy cream, insect bite relief and insect repellant.
A small flash light and batteries.
Any medications with dosage instructions.
Postcards to mail back home.
Stamps for postcards.
Send them off with Confidence:
As the big day draws near, you and your child may start to feel anxious about spending time apart. Here are some tips to help you prepare:
Talk to your Child:
Let your child know that it’s okay to be worried and a little nervous about the newness of camp. Remind them it’s okay to miss home at first. Give lots of love and support by listening to their concerns. Be encouraging and remind them that this will be an adventure and home and family will be waiting with open arms when they return.
Stay in touch:
Ask if the camp offers ways to connect with your camper. Can you email or call each other?
Pack pre addressed and stamped post cards to home so they are ready to go when your camper wants to share their adventures.
Pack something familiar:
Kids don’t want to be embarrassed around other kids, so talk with your child about items from home before you pack them. Factors to consider when packing something from home: Age of child, experience with camping/being away from home and length of trip. You both might decide that a small family photo is enough, or your camper may need a favorite blanket, toy or stuffed animal to go along on this adventure.
Helpful Health Reminders to avoid summer ailments:
Summer is full of outdoor activities, especially at camp! We know our kids love outdoor activities and that lots of good safe fun is waiting for them at camp, but preparing for each day will help them avoid some summertime ailments like:
Poison Ivy & Oak: Remind your child of the saying, leaves of three, let it be. These leaves will be pointed and can grow in a bush or vine. The leaves change color with the seasons too. Reddish in spring, green in summer, yellow orange or red in the fall. Avoid all.
Bug Bites and Stings:
Apply insect repellant daily. Remind your camper to never spray directly on their face. Instead, spray hands and rub them carefully over face avoiding the eyes and mouth. Use sparingly around ears. Don’t use on irritated skin or wounds. Wash skin after coming indoors.
Who among us hasn’t overdone it in the sun and regretted it that night? Help your camper remember to wear sunscreen daily and CVS Minute Clinic says to use the shadow rule to measure UV exposure.
A shadow that is longer than you means UV exposure is low; a shadow that’s shorter than you means UV exposure is high. That’s when your camper should wear protective clothing including a hat with a brim, sunglasses and a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVB and UVA rays.
By following these simple tips and checklists, you and your child will be ready for all the adventures and fun summer camp offers.
Will your child be going to summer camp this year? If so, what types of camp adventures await them?