school bell has rung and summer
has officially begun - which also
may mean your child is headed off to summer overnight camp for the very first time
personally was a camp-aholic and loved going to Summer camp if given an option I would have been happy camper spending my entire Summer away at camp. This summer I will be sending my two youngest boys off to their very first overnight camp. Which is an exciting opportunity for my boys but another mommy letting go
experience for me.
So, it got me to thinking about what are the Mom Must Knows when it comes to our kids going off to Overnight camp.
I came up with a simple list to help your kids overnight camping experience be a successful one.
Start EARLY – Get prepared for
packing by reading over the camp’s clothing and equipment needed list. Be sure to talk with your kids about what they will need to pack as well as be sure you both know what is on the list.
Inventory – Look through your kids
closet and dresser to see what items you can check off the list as item you already
have and then make a list of items you will need to purchase. I suggest only sending clothing and shoes that you are not
concerned about getting damaged, stained or lost.
Label – Order personalized sticker
labels or get out the sharpie and begin labeling every item your child is
taking to camp with their full name and phone number ( your cell phone is best).
Care Package - Kids love mail especially when they are at camp. Take time the week prior to your kids leaving for camp to prepare a care
package as well as letters or cards to mail to your camper while they are
away from home. Depending on the location be
sure to ship these items off in time that your kids will receive them at about
the half way point of camp.
sure to know the camp rules as to what your kids are allowed to have such as
candy and edible items. Try to
include extras for their cabin mates
The Must Packs :
Suncreen / Bug Spray
Garbage bags ( for dirty and wet clothing)
Identification onside suitcase,
Zip loc bags in
various sizes – to store keepsakes, small items etc.
Bathroom kit : toothbrush, paste, floss, comb, soap,
shampoo, deodorant, ( place n bag)
Flip flops or other shoes for the shower
Flashlight extra batteries
Small first aide kit
Book to read
Game to play with cabin mates.
Pre-stamped and addressed letters so your child can write
A favorite toy or blanket ( comfort toy)
Weather appropriate gear
Medications – Call camp nurse ahead of time and go over your child's medications and health concerns.
The Must leave at home :
Electronic games and personal listening devices
Expensive items that your child does not want lost, broken or stolen
Do you have a tip or must take item? leave a comment and share with us
Labels: Parenting, Summer