Is your child heading to camp this summer? Whether it's day camp or sleepaway camp, make sure your child is set up for success! We wanted to bring awareness to common injuries that happen at camp and what your child can do to avoid them.
Summer camp safety guide
Summer camp is often an exciting time for kids—they get to go on new adventures and make friends from all over the state or even the country. Though summer camp is a time for fun, things can happen that can ruin your child’s experience. Below are some common summer camp injuries to be aware of.
Serious injuries or illnesses that can happen at summer camp:
- Burns (often from campfires)
- Broken bones/sprained joints
- Poisonous Spider Bites
- Major sunburns
- Heat Stroke
- Tick Bites
Most of the mentioned injuries can be avoided as long as your child takes the proper precautions.
What you can do as a parent or guardian to help keep your child safe at camp
Although your kids will be away from you, there are some things you can do ahead of time to ensure their safety.
First, it's important that you get to know your child's camp staff; that includes the director, staff members, and counselors. Additionally, you'll want to make sure that there are always lifeguards on duty in swimming areas and that they are CPR certified. It's also important that your child knows how to swim confidently before going to camp.
Your child's camp should have an on-site nurse, and if your child needs daily medical attention, make sure the staff is properly notified ahead of time. If you have a child with a food sensitivity or allergy, give this information to staff members, and confirm that they have received it. Find out where the closest emergency room to the camp is in case your child suffers a serious injury.
Lastly, be sure to pack safety essentials like bug spray, sunscreen, bandages, a hat, and a reusable water bottle.
Summer camp can be a fun way for your child to make new friends and learn to love the outdoors. Taking these safety precautions can help make your child's experience enjoyable.
If you have questions about summer camp safety or just want to chat, we're always available. Contact us at (214) 699-4409 or email [email protected].