Ah, summer camp, that quintessential summer break experience that children look forward to every year. Summer camp is not only a great opportunity to get a break from home (sorry, parents!), but is an excellent place for kids to learn new skills, gain confidence, interact, and make new friends. As the saying goes, “you can leave camp, but camp never seems to leave you.”
With summer break nearly here, now’s the time to start thinking about summer arrangements. Summer camps are a great way for kids to get outside, have fun, and most importantly, stay safe (and out of your way) for the day. They’re an especially great solution for working parents. That said, summer camps are high in demand—if you want to get your child a coveted spot, you’ll need to get ahead of the train. One easy way to do that is to prepare for summer camp ahead of time, by packing supplies, filling out forms, and getting summer camp physicals out of the way.
How to Prepare for Camp
For kids, getting ready for camp is exciting. Have them get involved where they can; for example, in packing, or in purchasing camp-related items (lunchbox, backpack, outdoors clothes, etc.). Here are some tips on how to get ready for camp ahead of time, so come school’s last bell, you know exactly what the days ahead will look like.
-Camp supplies: No matter where your child goes to camp, whether it be a day camp or overnight camp, he or she will need some supplies. Your child’s overnight camp will provide a list of recommended items to pack. Use this to guide you through shopping and packing. For day camps, some basics will prove useful: a comfortable backpack, a lunchbox and ice-pack, a flashlight and first-aid kit (for emergencies), comfortable shoes suitable for playing, and a sturdy water bottle.
-Gather your camp forms: Your child’s summer camp will require some forms to be filled out. Email ahead of time for these forms, sign them, and send them back ASAP. This will get you ahead of the curb. You can expect to fill out a liability waiver, a release waiver, allergy and medical information, among other things.
Get summer camp physicals now: Most summer camps require each camper to get a complete physical exam before enrolling. Summer camp physicals are key to determining a child’s general health and to identify any potential safety issues that could come up. Requiring summer camp physicals also makes sure the camp is safe for everybody!
Book Your Summer Camp Physicals
We’re now taking appointments for summer camp physicals! Don’t miss the summer camp application deadlines because all the local doctors are booked out. We’ll get your child checked out and cleared for summer camp now, before the camp sign-up process gets too crowded and too stressful. Call Capital Pediatrics today to set up your appointment!