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them as medication and have rules on ap- plication and storage. Find out if the camp’s policies meet your ex- pectations. Ask if your child can keep his own sunscreen and insect repellent, and discuss application guidelines with him to ensure maximum protection.


Bedwetting Discrete, absorbable night underwear is available at local stores, and most kids can experience overnight fun without any embarrassment. Also, talk to the camp director about off ering plenty of fl uids to your child early in the day and limiting fl uid intake after a certain time to ensure nighttime dryness. Your health care pro- vider can prescribe medication, which you should explore at home fi rst to determine eff ectiveness and safety.


Chronic Illnesses If your child has severe asthma, diabetes or other chronic illnesses requiring multi- ple medications and medical supervision, a camp for kids with chronic illness might be the answer. T ere are many across the country that do a fantastic job of making campers feel right at home, without draw- ing special attention to their medical needs.


Safety and Supervision Summer camps have a variety of activities that require safety considerations. Assess


Ready, Set, Grow


Assess your child’s skill level in all proposed camp


activities beforehand


your child’s skill level in all proposed camp activities. If your child is not a com- petent swimmer, it’s important to discuss it with the camp directors beforehand. Also consider whether your child has gone swimming in rivers, lakes or seawater with currents, unpredictable bottom surfaces and opaque water. Ask the director for full policy disclosure on water activities, with special attention to lifeguard practices and emergency procedures.


Questions Worth Asking Before signing up, ask the camp director: 1 What is the age range of the kids? If there is a broad range of ages, are older children separated from the younger ones? 2 What are the sleeping arrangements? If the camp is co-ed, are zones designated for boys only and girls only? What are the shower arrangements? Is an adult (someone over 18 of the same gender) in the room overnight? 3 What is the ratio of instructors/coun- selors to students during activities such as swimming, boating and hiking? 4 Are camp supervisors and instructors certifi ed in CPR? Does the camp require that certifi cations remain current/active?


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