It’s May, and whether you are new to Green Acres camp or already part of our family, it’s time to prepare for the fun and excitement that awaits your camper this summer. Knowing what to expect will make the transition from school to camp a smooth one, and will enhance your child’s camp experience. We can’t wait to meet everyone!
Clothing: Camp is not the time to sport spanking new clothes, unless dirt, paint, and grass stains are your friends. Kids should feel free to take risks and try new activities, not worry about whether mom will get upset about stains. If you insist on purchasing new clothing, consider a rashguard to help prevent sunburn, an extra swimsuit, or a hat to wear on those sunny days. Please make sure you label your child’s belongings to help us keep belongings with their rightful owners.
Footwear: Your child will be very active throughout the day, and it is important that he/she wears comfortable shoes. Although sandals are cute, sneakers are the best choice as they will protect your child’s feet from scrapes, cuts, and uneven surfaces. Slip on shoes can be used to walk to and from the pool.
Lunch: Green Acres prides itself on being green. Make sure your child carries a reusable lunchbox and water bottle each day. Talk to your child about the importance of a nutritious lunch. Encourage him/her to help you pack it. You can find some new ideas at http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/family-meals
Sunscreen: Campers spend time both in and out of doors, and it is important for their skin to be protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Please make sure you apply sunscreen before camp, and send sunscreen with your child to camp for application after swimming. There are many opinions about the safest type of sunscreen for your child. Read about some ideas at the following website: http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1005303-30-safest-sunscreens-3-avoid/#slide=35. Students should also invest in a pair of goggles for swim lessons. Make sure you label them with a permanent marker.
Backpacks: When choosing a backpack for all of the needed summer items, think about the size of your child. Heavy backpacks can injure a child’s back and may cause a child to lose his/her balance. Look for a pack that is an appropriate size for your child to carry. Swimsuit(s), towel, sunscreen, extra clothing, lunch, and a water bottle should be able to fit into the pack. http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/backpack.html#
The most important ingredient to pack is a positive attitude and sense of humor. Camp is an exciting experience that offers campers the opportunity to be creative, make choices, build friendships, and, of course, have fun! Encourage your child to be open to new friends, and to be kind to each other and the earth. Green Acres Camp; it’s the place to be!
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