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5 Can your child bring a cell phone to the camp? If so, what is the usage policy? 6 In case of severe weather, what are the plans — including for evacuation? 7 Are life jackets available to wear if your child is unable to swim in deeper waters? 8 What training do counselors receive? 9 What kind of background check is done for staff , including any internation- al summer interns who may be hired? 10 Who supervises the kids during coun- selor breaks and free time? What does free time consist of? Who is on watch overnight? What kind of security is there? As you gather information and


answers to your questions, you will be better able to discuss what to expect with your child. Having these answers will increase your child’s readiness and build excitement.


Bailout Strategy Before enrolling your child in an over- night camp, fi nd out if the camp has a “homesick” policy. What do they do if a child is homesick and asks to go home? How do they problem-solve once camp has started? What if your child has a problem with another child, or refuses to engage in an activity? Is there a protocol that all employees understand and have agreed to follow, or do they leave it up to each counselor? What’s the best fi t for your parenting style, and your child in particular? While you may not like asking these kinds of questions, the right ques- tions up front can help you select a camp that fi ts both you and your child.


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Find out if your child can bring his cell phone to camp


Trust Your Instincts You may never be able to anticipate all the what-if situations. If you’re looking at a camp that has all the bells and whistles but it still doesn’t seem like a good fi t for your child, go with your gut. Camps are not “one size fi ts all.” T ere are hundreds to choose from. Taking the time to fi nd one that best suits your child’s needs will increase the chances of a fun-fi lled, exciting experience!


Robin Denise Schier, DNP, APRN, CPNP, AC/PC, a board-certifi ed primary and acute care PNP with 15 years in pe- diatric emergency medicine and trauma, is currently practicing in the Emergency Center at Texas Children’s Hospital.


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