When school ends, a lot of working parents are left with a dilemma. Their child is now home when they’re not, which is a problem for a lot of ages. This is one of the reasons the summer childcare business has grown so much in the last few decades. Some of the most popular choices are day camps and sleep-away summer camps.
These kinds of excursions can be formative in a child’s life, going out and spending a few weeks away from their parents. They learn new skills, meet new people, and feel a sense of independence from home for the first time.
Proper preparation is vital. Nothing ruins camp faster than forgetting something you can’t live without. So for a busy parent already worrying about so much, how do you ensure your child is prepared for camp?
If the camp doesn’t send a packing guide, checking the website or asking another parent is a good option. Specialty camps that teach fine arts or STEM skills for example might require some very specific things, like craft supplies, notebooks, or even readings. It’s also important to talk with your child and see if they have items they think will make the experience easier for them. Guides like this video are also excellent resources. It’s hard to try to remember everything, and it never hurts to see someone else’s methods, and what they wished they’d had when they got there.