Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of CVS. I received a gift card as compensation for my post. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed on my blog are mine, all mine!
I remember my first sleep away summer camp experiences through 4-H and church youth group. Those were exciting experiences and I remember coming home with lots of dirty laundry and lots of great memories.
Are you sending your child off to summer camp? Whether you’re summer camp pros or newbies, CVS has everything you need to send your camper off prepared, from camp physicals to supplies such as sunscreen and insect repellant.
Camp physicals are a great way to make sure a camper can safely participate in all outdoor and physical activities, from swimming to canoeing. Many camps require a physical, but even if it’s not required, it’s a great way to stay on top of your camper’s health.
The nurse practitioners and physician assistants on staff at CVS are available to:
• Review health history and immunizations
• Perform a thorough physical exam
• Complete and stamp required paperwork
Send Them Off With Confidence
Going to camp is an exciting adventure for children and parents, but can also be a stressful, especially if you’re dealing with first time sleepaway camp jitters.
Here are some tips to help prepare:
Stay in Touch
Ask if the camp offers ways to connect with your camper, such as email or by phone. You may also want to ask about wireless access if your child has a mobile device. Additionally, give them an easy way to reach you. Try self-addressed, stamped postcards that are ready to go whenever they want to write home.
Talk to Your Child
Reassure your child know that it’s okay to be worried, a little nervous, or to miss home at first. Be encouraging and remind them that this will be an adventure and home will be there when they return. You could even plan a fun welcome home special dinner for them that they can look forward to.
Pack Something Familiar
If they’re ever feeling homesick, a special item from home can be comforting – whether it’s a framed photo, a blanket, or a favorite stuffed animal.
Have Them Document Their Trip
Encourage your children to preserve camp memories. Disposable cameras are great for them to share their experiences with friends and family, and to relive their adventure. Pick up a special “camp” journal at a dollar or discount store especially for camp memory keeping.
What to Pack
In addition to the usual beach towel, bathing suit, and toothbrush, here are some other items CVS highly recommends bringing along:
- First and foremost, your child is never fully packed without a camp physical. Physicals ensure your campers are in good health before they head off for a schedule full of physical activity
- Sun protection: A broad spectrum sunscreen, lip balm with SPF, and 100% UV protection sunglasses. I also like to pack a ball cap.
- A small first aid kit with bandages, antiseptic, poison ivy cream and insect and bite relief cream
- A flashlight and extra batteries
- Medications with dosage instructions. Remember to inform camp staff of your child’s specific medical needs
- If you child has allergies, make sure to inform staff and provide the appropriate over-the-counter or prescription medications
Are you sending your kids to camp this summer? Do you have any tips to share?