Schools out for summer – or it will be in the coming week or so.
Many parents already have summer camps lined up for their kids, and some of you are now in the throes of the hunt.
For those of you still looking for summer camps, Our Kids has a great (free) e-book on how to choose the right camp for your child.
Beyond Montessori’s Summer Camps are full, and we’re excited for what the summer brings. We also have some suggestions on how to best equip your child for the craziness outdoor camps can offer.
It may read like a typical bit of common sense, but nothing wrong with a little refresher every now and then.
Here’s the list:
- Snacks: check if the camp is “nut free”. Remember to pack snacks that are quick-access (berries, granola bars, veggies) but also promote health and energy. Minimize on-site waste by avoiding pre-packaged snacks (it’s healthier this way too).
- Water: A must! Better than juice or any sugary drink. Keep your kids hydrated.
- Outdoor Wear: hats, sunscreen, gardening gloves, old shirt or smock for craft projects, Crocs or water-shoes, swimsuit & towel.
- Extras: change of clothes (in separate, plastic bag), backpack for all the gear.
When it comes to shoes, say no to flip-flops. Runners or sandals that have an ankle-strap are fine, but flip-flops invite accidents and injury. Kids need to be able to run without worrying about tripping up.
Extra clothes are also a big must. Outdoor camps are by their very nature messy and fun. When you add swimming to the mix, a change of clothes is essential. Remember the separate, plastic bags for wet clothes as well.
Now, after you’ve packed and loaded all this stuff into the car, don’t drive off without your kids.
On to the next adventure! Happy summer camps to all.