Summer is a time when the sun is high in the sky, kids are playing in fields of grass, and parents are planning their children's camp getaways. Sending your child off to summer camp can be an exciting time for both you and your young camper, but accidents and illnesses still lurk away from home.
According to the 2006-2010 research study performed by the American Camp Association, campers and staffers tend to have twice as many illness events than injury events. So it is important that parents discuss sanitary measures and preventative steps to help their kids remain healthy at camp.
Communicable illnesses, allergic reactions, asthma flare-ups, heat stroke, and tick-bite related illness are some of the more common types experienced by campers.
In addition to these illnesses, injuries can result from playing sports and general activity. Bumps, bruises, sprains, and strains are general injuries that are recorded by camps across the U.S.
There are some accidents that may not be preventable, but there are many ways that parents can keep their kids safer and more prepared at camp.
Parents can do some pre-planning to ensure safer camp conditions. Before signing them up for their next camp adventure:
Helping your children pack for their camp getaway can be daunting, but there are some items that should always be on your list:
Educating your kids about the basics of camp safety can make a difference in their camp adventures. By teaching them the following, you can help promote a healthier and safer experience:
Prepare your campers for a safe and fun-filled camp experience.