As the weather changes and school comes to an end, summer camps all over the world open their doors. Camp is a great opportunity for children to continue to learn and grow and we have listed 5 helpful tips you should know before sending your child to camp.
- A time to unplug
Young people are addicted to their cell phones. It is their social connection with their friends and also a significant source of entertainment. Did you know that almost 3/4 of all camps do not allow personal electronic devices at any time? There is plenty to do at camp and banning cell phones allows the camper to connect with the people and activities while away from home.
- Parent communication is allowed
Some may believe that camps isolate their children but did you know that over 8 out of 10 camps allow handwritten letters or postcards to be sent or received by the camper?
- Special Needs
Camps are quickly learning there is a population of campers with special needs. These may include medical conditions, military deployed families, and even emotionally impaired children who are all seeking a camp experience. Currently, just under 15% of camps serve special populations.
- Healthy Habits
Today's camps are focused on healthy habits. They encourage drinking more water, less soda, eating fruits and vegetables, and reducing sugar intake. Many camps accommodate special food allergies as well.
- Health & Safety
Many camps have a nurse or individuals who have been specially trained for camp health and safety issues. Allergic reactions, daily medicine distributions, and the treatment of injuries are managed by trained professionals at many camps around the United States. When campers are involved in activities, trained staff have a first aid kit within arms reach and are ready to respond.
Summer camp is a great opportunity for campers to learn and grow in a fun and relaxing setting. Be sure to search for the right camp for your child.