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Checklist for Childrens' Summer Camp

Posted Jun 18 2010 6:36am

A kids summer camp can be a crticial experience for children and their parents.  After you have decided  which camp to send your daughter to, it’s time to plan for the actual camp program.  What essentials should your child pack?   Most summer camp programs will send a welcome packet including a packing list , whether it’s a summer day camp or an overnight program. In case they don’t or if you want to be fully prepared, here are some tips for creating a camp checklist.

For day camps, you would want to pack up swimming gear, like a swimsuit, towel, swim shoes and suncreen.   Throw in a hat hat, sandals, water bottles, a rain slicker and a sweatshirt and your child should be prepared for whatever heads her way.  

Some summer day camps provide snacks and lunch , others do not .  If they don’t they you will need to pack a lunch every day in an insulated lunch bag – include an ice pack to keep the food cool. 

And don’t forget to have snacks handy in the car when you pick them.  Your kids have been busy, busy, busy and waiting until dinner time will likely be too long.

For sleep away camp programs, the same things are needed, but more of them .  First off you will need to know how long the camp lasts, and whether or not your kids will have the chance to do laundry.  If laundry service is not available, pack twice as many pairs of underwear and socks as days in the camp.   For other clothes, a good rule of thumb is one t-shirt and shorts for each day of camp, a few sweatshirts or fleeces for cool nights, two pairs of pants, two sets of pajamas, flip flops, sneakers and several bathing suits.

And don’t forget the toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, comb, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste .  Include two sets of washcloths and towels.   Other items might include a pillow, bed linens, a sleeping bag and a flashlight.

With a little bit of planning, your kids summer camp experience can be a great one.  When they’re well prepared – thanks to you, your kids can focus on having tons of fun – the whole point of camp.

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