Day camps are a staple in the Scouting world. They’re one of the best ways to finish a ton of merit badges at once, gain valuable skills, and spend time creating memories in the great outdoors.
If your child isn’t ready for day camp, though, it’s easy to have a less-than-stellar experience. If you want your child to have the best day camp experience possible, take a look at some of the tips we’ve put together to help you accomplish just that.
The Scout motto is, “Be Prepared,” and that includes having clothes close at hand to deal with any type of weather. The following items are a must for day camp:
- Rain ponchos
- Warm jackets
- Light shirts
- Extra socks
- Extra underwear
- Full-brimmed hat
Of course, that’s not a complete list of everything you need, but it’s a good place to start. For a comprehensive list of the must-have clothing for day camp, you can read this post.
If there’s one thing Scouts love more than finding snakes or shooting at the archery range, it’s food! If the day camp your child will attend doesn’t offer lunch, make sure to pack a hearty, enjoyable lunch. You don’t want your Scout not eating at day camp.
Some day camps have “trading posts,” or other stores where Scouts can buy candy, and souvenirs. Some activities may have an extra charge as well, so sending your Scout to day camp with a bit of spending money is always a good idea.
Plan the experience
Many day camps provide a program that outlines the activities and workshops available to the Scouts. Before sending your child to day camp, spend some time picking out the activities your child wants to do most and see how many of them you can schedule into the allotted time. By letting your Scout pick the activities, it’ll make day camp something to look forward to.
Day camp is a great experience – but it’s even better when you plan to make it amazing.
Guest Post by: Angie Anderson