May 23, 2014
Prep for Summer Camp......It may seem a little early (after all, school is still in session) but it’s really never too early to start getting ready to make your kids summer camp plans. According to rockbrookcamp.com, camp is an important experience for kids, and they have a great list of 10 reasons why it is beneficial, including:
Making friends and learning social skills.
Unplugging from their electronics and reconnecting with nature.
Having free time and break their routine.
Practicing decision making and independence.
Developing life-long skills.
Conquering fears and trying new things.
Gaining confidence and experiencing success
Being physically active.
If you haven’t yet, now is the time to start making summer plans, including picking out a camp for your children. Preferably something that aligns with their interests and will help them develop important skills.
Start Your Research Right Away
When you start looking for a camp for your child, you may be overwhelmed at first. There are many, many available camps in the Boston area, and that number gets exponentially bigger if you’re willing to expand your search to neighboring New England states.
If you’re unable to get a recommendation from a friend or family member, there are lots of resources online that can help you in your search. The American Camp Association has a search feature that will allow you to find a day or overnight camp that is ACA accredited. In addition, you can specify your search to find a camp that will perfectly suit the needs of your child.
Fill Out Paperwork as Soon as Possible
When you and your child do pick out a suitable camp, don’t dawdle when it comes to sending in the paperwork. You want to make sure to hold your child a spot, and to ensure they have a place, many camps will require you to fill out a few forms, and possibly send in a deposit.
It is also possible that a camp will request to see your child’s medical forms, or even require certain vaccinations. If this is the case, you need to find out as early as possible, so that you can schedule a visit to your pediatrician. Also, before your child leaves for camp, you might want to check on their health insurance coverage!
For Overnight Camps, Prepare Kids Early
If you will be sending your child to their first overnight camp, it’s important to start preparing them early. Sheknows.com suggests taking the following steps:
Discuss the upcoming experience with your child, and be sure to answer any questions that they have.
Have your child practice some typical camp-activities at home – for example, reading by flashlight, showering with their toiletry kit, and placing their laundry in a laundry bag.
Remind your child that bullying is unacceptable, and will not be tolerated.
Go over your camp’s communication rules, and let your child know if they will be able to hear from you or not.
Build up your child’s confidence by letting them know that they will have the time of their life. If you get sad or start to feel any impending separation anxiety, try to hide it with a smile and a hug.
If you are interested in finding out more about your child’s health insurance coverage, and if they will be covered while they are away at camp, just call 508-947-3460 TO DISCUSS!! We can review your child’s coverage, and make sure that they are covered for any and all potential summer camp perils.