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9 Things to Do before Your Children Leave for Summer Camp

1. Wish your children an unbelievable,  happy summer.  They’re going to have one!  But knowing you’re supporting them 100% just makes it that much better— particularly for first time campers.  Remind them of all the fun they’re going to have.  Let them know that you can’t wait to hear about it in their letters, and that you’ll be monitoring the camp’s website daily for blogs and photographs in addition to sending them letters and email.

2. Pack

3. Ensure all personal belongings are marked with your child’s name.

4. Make sure your children’s camper accounts are in order.  Camp maintains “Canteen spending accounts” for campers.  These accounts provide additional funds for campers to take along on out of camp trips to purchase souvenirs or treats.  Keep in mind that these are often separate accounts from those that cover the camp tuition.

5. Make your Visiting Day plans and book lodging.  Yes, it’s true that your children haven’t even left for camp yet.  But many hotels within the immediate vicinity of  camp often book months in advance.

6. [FACT] One out of one campers who bring expensive toys to camp, come home without them.

7. Review camp’s packing list and make sure you have everything.  Don’t overlook things like extra socks and underwear as well as rain gear and warm clothing. Make sure all of his clothing are labeled with his name.

8. Buy stationary, pre-address and stamp envelopes for letters home.  Many camps have specific time set aside in their daily schedules for writing home.  Pre-addressed envelopes help ease the process of sending the letters campers have so lovingly written.  This is particularly the case for younger campers.

9. Complete all of the camp paperwork.  This provides the camp with valuable details about your child that they can pass onto their health center and counselors.  Knowing your children’s interests before they arrive helps the camp place them into bunks in which they’ll thrive, provide them with the best program options, and be able to supply them with any medication they may require.