Summer Camp Checklist: Stay safe!

School is out – Summer camps are in!

Summer camps are a great time to experience something new,  be part of a team, and boost your level of responsibility, whether you are camper, or camper helper. School children of all ages are looking forward to day trips, day camps or overnight camps, many of those camps including physical activities kids may not usually be engaged in. Older teens and college students may become active as volunteer helpers or team leaders.

We have prepared a short checklist for Summer camps to help your packing and planning:

Depending on the age of your child, ask them to go over the list with you, and prepare as much as they can on their own. Especially for younger children that will have them involved before they acutally leave, and may ease separation issues and avoid anxiety. After all, they were involved with all things “camp” even before the camp.

Clothing:

Prepare the appropriate kind of clothing for your camp, including spares within packing limitations. Make sure to double check if your camp has a dress code. Most out door camps require closed toes shoes, and some organizations request a certain amount of modesty. That may mean you won’t be able to take your favorite mini skirt, or belly-free tank top.

Snacks:

Most camps are self sufficient, and organized to take care of your child’s nutritional needs. However, if your child has food allergies, be sure to let the organization know ahead of time and discuss an alternative meal plan.

Skin protectant:

If your child is going to be outdoors, make sure to pack sunscreen, mosquito spray, and for extra sun protection, a hat. Especially activities in and around water require extra sunscreen, since the reflection of the water surface amplifies the strength of the sun rays, and if swimming in involved as well, the water will wash some off.

Gear:

If your child plans to attend a sports camp, please check you have the appropriate gear ready and in working order. Certain items you may want to own, especially head gear and shoes. Other items may be provided by your camp, or can be loaned or rented for the duration, if you are not sure your child will want to continue this sport after the camp. For power sports, don’t forget the mouth guards in order to protect the teeth!

Overnight camps:

If you child is attending an overnight camp, you will also have include all necessary hygiene articles. Packing an extra toothbrush (in case one falls onto the forest floor, or not-quite-as-sanitary bathroom floor), and single flossing picks can be helpful. If your child wears braces, it may be good to hand them a check-list of items not to eat while at camp. For younger children it may also be helpful to let them take their favorite snuggle toy to make night times more familiar.

First Aid:

Last but not least, it is always a good idea to go over basic First Aid instructions with your child. This may also be a good place to review what to do in case a tooth gets injured. For a refresher on what to do in a dental emergency, you can refer back to:

http://purcellfamilydentist.com/2012/03/dental-emergencies

Have fun at camp!

The Mead Family Practice

 

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Dr. Mead is an educator in the dental field, as well as an experienced family dentist with his practice located in Purcell, Oklahoma.
To schedule an appointment or to ask questions, please call:
405.527.6568

 

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