Did you know that the average American child spends 7.5 hours on electronics a day? That’s approximately 113 days every year! According to the World Health Organization, children over the age of five are recommended to take part in at least 60 minutes of physical exercise daily. That is why more than 6 million children participate in some form of camp each summer.
After all, summer camps are the perfect opportunities for children to gain new experiences and build the tools they need to boost their range of life skills. So, no matter which sports camp your child chooses, joining will not only help them improve their physical activity, they will also face the simple challenges of building independence, getting along with new peers, learning how to ask for help and adapt to healthy lifestyle habits. Here’s our guide on how to prepare for summer sports camp.
Get a physical – even if not required
Most summer camps require children to get a physical exam before they can attend. These physicals ensure that your child is in good physical health to take part in sports activities. Here’s what to expect during a physical:
- Review of children’s medical history
- Ask about any use of medications – prescriptions, dietary supplements, vitamins, and maintenance
- Perform general exam – checking the heart, abdomen, lungs, nose, ears, and throat
- Record height and weight
- Test vision and major joints for strength and flexibility
- Check blood pressure, respiration, and oxygen saturation
Following the physical examination, the doctor will sign a form required by the camp or request a follow-up exam if there are any signs of concern.
Pack the essentials and limit the optional
Pack the essential items that your child will need during their stay at camp. It is important to bring enough clothes to prevent skin conditions caused by extended hours of contact with wet clothing. While most camps provide meals during their activities, children must be well-fed with snacks and light lunches that are easier to consume.
Knowing how to stay safe
While summer camp should be a fun experience for all, it is important to keep your child safe and secure. Campers should remember to pack plenty of water to stay hydrated all day long. The summers in Minnesota can reach up to 114 °F, especially when humidity is high and few clouds are in the sky. Remind your child to be watchful when walking near streets, if unfamiliar strangers approach them, and never to go off alone.
With this guide, let summer sports camp be fun with the right preparation. Not only will this quick guide help children and parents prepare for the least expected events, it can be a part of the entire learning experience for your camper.
Author: Jane Sandwood