Find a camp that's right for them
As mentioned above, camps come in all shapes and sizes. Does your child excel at gym? There are many sport-specific camps that offer professionally-led training in many different sports. This gives your child the opportunity to find out what they like and what they may like to pursue in the future. If they are more into the arts, many camps offer drama-focused programmes. Plus, some camps have even branched out into niche subjects such as magic and even computing. Once you've found your perfect camp, consider the length of the programme and whether it is overnight or not. A lot of people choose overnight camps as this way it is more like a vacation for your child, but if they are likely to get very homesick, day camps are always an option.
Keep them healthy
A great as they are, camps can also be breeding grounds for illnesses. A lot of children are spending all day and night together and are sleeping in shared dorms. If just one of them gets a stomach bug, it can be very easy for it to be spread quickly amongst everyone. Before your child goes to summer camp, teach them the importance of cleanliness. Encourage them to wash their hands before eating and after any messy activity. Pests such as head lice can also easily breed at camp, so check if there is a Center for Lice Control nearby that your child can go to.
Stay in touch
Even though it's all fun and games, camp can be a lonely place too. Your child may become quite homesick; especially if they have never been away from home before. When you drop them off, speak to a camp leader about any concerns you may have and trust that they will be there to take care of your child. After all, it's their job! It is also a good idea to write and post a letter to the camp on the day your child leaves, so it gets there the day after. Having a note from home during those first few days can reassure your child that you are still close to them despite not physically being there. Little touches like this can make all the difference to your child's experience and can make sure that they have a great time at summer camp.
This is a collaborative post written by a contributing writer.