Share your enthusiasm for camp with your child! Encourage your child to be open to trying new things, making new friends, and being open to new experiences. Tell your child “I believe in you!”
If your child is showing any signs of an illness before camp such as running a temperature, throwing up, diarrhea, nasal drainage, an unexplained rash, coughing or sneezing, loss of taste or smell, body aches, please keep contact us immediately.
Make sure your child sneezes/coughs into their elbow and washes their hands after using a tissue.
Check your child thoroughly for lice before camp, once about a week before opening day and again right before you leave. We do check for lice upon arrival, and spending the first day of camp in the Health Center being treated for lice is no fun. Lice are not dangerous but they are a nuisance and we do take them seriously.
Make sure your child regularly washes their hands before eating, before preparing food, after using the toilet and after coming inside in general. For younger children, combining washing their hands with another activity will help them to remember. Also teach them to keep their hands away from their face.
Make sure your child has appropriate footwear for camp, such as closed toe shoes. Do not send footwear without a back or that their foot can slip out of, like crocs. Remember that camp is frequently wet, which makes shoes and sandals slippery. Make sure your child understands that camp is more rugged than the city, and using socks will decrease the development of blisters and other foot ailments.
Remember to send sunscreen and insect repellent with your child to camp. They will be spending a lot of time out of doors every day. Teach your child how to apply both.
Have your child start using their hat, sunscreen and water bottle at home before they arrive at camp. This will help them take ownership of these items and will help them hang onto them at camp. Teach your child not to share their water bottle. In this instance ‘not sharing is caring.’ Teach them to carry their water bottle and hat with them every day.
Our camp and the surrounding area has a high volume of ticks. Be sure to send long pants and socks for your child to wear whenever they are going into any area that will have a higher population of ticks. We do spray regularly for ticks and we do have campers and staff do daily tick checks, and the more you routinize these checks with your child, the better. Make sure your children know to stay out of any tall grass, as such areas are known to be attractive to ticks.
Talk with your child about telling their counselor, the tribe leader, the camper care team or the nurse about problems or things that are troublesome to them at camp. The Camper Care Team, known as the Lev Squad, can be quite helpful.
If your child has mental, emotional or social health challenges, email Beth Praver, our Director of Parent Engagement, before camp begins. Proactively discussing issues before the summer enables us to collaborate on what type of support your child will need to be successful at camp.