Be sure safety issues don't spoil summer camp fun.
Getting ready to send your children to summer camp? Focus on making sure they'll be safe so that they can focus on all the fun.
1. Do your research. Request written materials from any camp you're considering. Read their policies on camper safety, dealing with sickness and acceptable means of discipline. Check to see if the camp is accredited by the American Camp Association. Acquaint yourself with the staff and find out how individuals are trained. Check a camp's safety history. The Texas Department of State Health Services is the authority on health and safety issues in regard to youth camps in the state.
2. Plan for the unexpected. Be sure the camp you choose has your contact information, health insurance information and your child's necessary medical history on hand. Find out if the camp has a nurse or other medical professional on staff and which hospital your child would be taken to in the case of an emergency.
3. Check in. In the case of a sleepover camp, regular contact with your children can reassure you of their safety and alert you to any possible issues. It's also a good opportunity to remind them of the things they can do to stay healthy and safe including drinking plenty of water, wearing sunscreen and bug repellant, and following camp rules.
It's often required, and always a good idea, for a child to have a regular physical prior to attending camp. To schedule an appointment for your child, contact your pediatrician. If you need help finding a doctor, use our online Find a Physician service or call 1-855-868-6262 for a physician referral today.