As the official start of summer approaches, our nurses thought it would be helpful to share a list of recommendations for your campers as they start to gear up for camp. Don’t worry, they will be in great hands!
10. Homesickness – It is real. So if your camper is talking about not feeling well, also encourage them to focus on feeling happy. Know that they might be feeling sick but they also might feel H.A.L.T.D (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired, Dehydrated). Ask them to share their concerns but also ask if we can address H.A.L.T.D.
9. Hand washing – In the last 100 years, this might be the most radical change in health. The amount of bacteria that lurks around campers and activities is high. We can’t really do much about it but we can wash it away! Encourage your camper to wash after using the bathroom and before eating. If they shower on a regular basis (which they do at camp), that helps too!
8. Bugs – Bugs bite. But how we respond to them is important. Encourage the camper to not scratch them and turn annoying bites into infected wounds.
7. Ticks – Show your camper what a tick looks like and the importance of self-checks. Let’s not get involved with Lyme Disease.
6. Wear the right clothing – When hiking, wear long pants and know what poison oak and poison ivy look like.
5. Eat well – Campers are encouraged to make healthy choices. Fruits and vegetables are available at every meal. Encourage them to make good choices and to recognize how too much sugar and caffeine might make them feel.
4. Drink water – Send them with a water bottle and beg them to drink water. Water will help them feel great and enjoy all of those activities they came to do!
3. Actually drink water!! This is very important!
2. Sleep – The best way to make the most of camp and take part in all of the activities is to rest the right amount.
1. Encourage campers to talk to their counselor if they do not feel well. There is nothing wrong with not feeling well and it is bound to happen over the course of the summer. Keeping counselors in the know is the most proactive way to stay healthy throughout the summer.