How to Plan for Day Camp

by Taylor DiVico
Stuff a backpack so children can be more self-sufficient at day camp.

Stuff a backpack so children can be more self-sufficient at day camp.

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Entering your child in day camp can make the difference between boring days at the babysitter's and an exciting all-terrain summer. Day camps provide kids with a number of activities from kayaking to zip-lining. Parents and kids can plan for day camp by packing a bag full of essential items that the child can use throughout the day. Equip your kid for the great outdoors so he can spend time enjoying activities and making new friends instead of worrying about the outdoor elements.

Items you will need

  • Medicine and dosage instructions
  • Emergency contact person's information
  • Lunch bag
  • Non-perishable snack and lunch food
  • Bottled water and juice boxes
  • Backpack
  • Swimsuit
  • Rain coat
  • Sweatshirt
  • Hat
  • Socks
  • Plastic bag
  • Insect repellent
  • High SPF sunscreen
  • Band-aids
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Sneakers
Step 1

Read the day camp brochure to understand specifics about day camp policies, pick-up and drop-off times, offered activities, appropriate clothing, on-site health care and meal, beverage and snack requirements.

Step 2

Speak with the day camp director, health care personnel and counselors to inform them of any medical conditions that your child has or medications that your child needs to take daily. Inform the staff about food, environmental and insect allergies that your child may have. Provide the health care personnel with your child's medicine and dosage instructions. Keep back-up medicine such as insulin or epinephrine on your child in case of an emergency that occurs away from the infirmary.

Step 3

Ask permission from a close friend or relative to list his or her name and contact information as your child's day camp emergency contact person. Provide the day camp with this person's name and phone numbers.

Step 4

Pack a lunch bag with healthy snacks such as granola bars, crackers, pretzels, multigrain muffins or whole grain cereal. Add lunch items that don't have to be refrigerated, if the day camp does not supply lunch. Pack cold, bottled water and juice boxes so your child can stay hydrated throughout the day. Place food items in your child's backpack.

Step 5

Prepare for day camp activities and outdoor exposure. Pack a towel, swimsuit, rain coat, sweatshirt, hat and extra socks in your child's backpack. Add a plastic bag for kids to place wet items such as the towel and swimsuit in. Pack insect repellent, high SPF sunscreen and band-aids.

Step 6

Dress your child in weather-appropriate and comfortable clothing such as shorts and t-shirts. Make sure your child wears socks and sneakers so he is prepared for day camp activities such as hiking, horseback riding and sports.

Step 7

Feed your child a nutritious and hearty breakfast each morning before day camp to increase their energy.

Step 8

Apply sunscreen and insect repellent to your child's exposed skin before leaving the house.

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