When you look back at your days at summer camp, there’s a good chance you have nothing but fond memories. However, there’s also a good chance you experienced doubt and fear in the weeks leading up to camp, worried about the unknown. If your child is headed to summer camp this year, there are a few things you can do to ensure he or she has a great time and doesn’t worry about camp in the weeks leading up to it.
Share your stories: tell your child about your own memories of camp. Let them know that you had similar worries and that everything turned out fine. Share specific stories you hold dear and talk about any friends you may have made at camp.
Do research together: take time to look at the camp’s website and brochures to see photos of the camp and to review activities your child may be doing while there. If possible, try to attend an open house while the camp is in session to give your child a strong sense of what it’s like.
Write a letter: Think about writing a small note or letter that you can leave in your child’s suitcase that will help comfort him or her as they’re unpacking. This letter serves as a sort of transitional object and can help make your child more comfortable at camp.
Talk about communication: Because most camps offer different rules of communication, come up with a game plan so your child knows what to expect. Discuss what times of day you will call and if you will be able to write letters or text at all.
If your child is planning to attend a summer camp this year, it’s a good idea to set up a camp physical for him or her before camp begins. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, we provide quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.