The glorious sunny days in June and July which bring breezy winds and sparkling sand that loosely goes between your toes easily throws us back with a memory. The months of June and July bring a lot of memories of summers past. Parents relaxing and kids going off to summer camp is a usual tradition when summer comes. Summer camp is a word that brings back lots of memories to kids, parents, and families but one memory that you as a parent don’t want to remember- are ones that could have been prevented!
Kid’s summer camp needs to be handled with precaution. Parents often worry about their kids, and if you are like my mother, than I am sure that you had a suitcase that was solely brought to carry just-in-case medical needs. My mom also provided me with a list of things that would keep me safe, and I am going to share it with you worrisome parents. I didn’t get hurt at all, and when my asthma kicked in my bunk mates and my counselor knew exactly what to do, and what I needed.
For the parents who are sending their kids to summer camp:
1. If you child has a medical condition make sure that the leaders at the camp have it on hand so that they know what to do if something were to happen
2. In a bag clearly write out what is needed when, and for what type of emergency
3. Give your child a flashlight, band-aids, disinfectant and wraps for their arms or legs just in case. Also have a thermometer in their bag to check for a fever.
4. If you live far make sure to give your child a list of numbers to call so that you guys can be reached right away.
5. If your child has a medical condition that could happen right away make sure that they keep their medicine in a reachable location.
6. The counselors usually have a list of all the kids, and their needs. One thing that they won’t know is if the condition is serious or not.
7. Give your child plenty of socks so that they don’t get blisters of any sort.
8. Pack clothing for any type of weather because you never know what could happen.
9. Give your child a water bottle that they can fill up to avoid being dehydrated. There are always stories of kids fainting because they don’t get enough water.
10. Call your child every day to make sure that things are going okay. If they don’t feel good, call the office at the camp and make sure they keep special attention to your child just in case its more than just a little fever. Meningitis can take the life of your child. It’s deadly virus/bacteria that comes about when there are a lot of kids in one location. It usually happens in college dorms, and can be easily spread. It can take the life of your child in less than 24 hours so be careful.
These tips helped me stay safe while I was young, and I never really thanked my mother for taking so many precautions. I am glad she did!