Get Ready for Camp!
IT’S CAMP SEASON!! Can you tell that we are excited!? We are hoping that you are just as excited as we are. We know sending your child overnight somewhere can be overwhelming for both you and them. Even more so when it’s for a whole week. Whether this is your child’s first time at camp, or they are one of our seasoned campers it’s always a great idea to get them ready for their week away from home. Here are a few tips and tricks from the American Diabetes Association on how to prepare for camp and hopefully reduce any hiccups.
* Make sure to involve your child in the process leading up to camp. Review camp information including handbooks guides and website with them, allow them to help with packing and have discussions on what camp life will look like including cohabiting.
* It’s ok to let go. Your child is in safe hands and this is a fantastic opportunity for them to learn, grow, and gain confidence over their diabetes.
* Discuss with your child that if there are any issues that arises during camp that they can always speak with their camp counselor. We want all our campers to feel safe and comfortable.
* Discuss homesickness with your child. Let them know that they do not have to stay quick about their feelings and that camp counselors are there to help. Encourage them to focus on the activities that are planned or write you a letter. Don’t promise that you will pick them up early. Camper is less likely to try and participate if they think you will come to get them midweek.
* Have discussions on what is expected of your camper while at camp. Camp is a time for fun, learning, and building relationships. The best way to enjoy the full experience is to be kind and respectful of others.
Carrie Claiborne, Medical Coordinator