What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

ASK THE EXPERTS: WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU SEND YOUR KIDS TO CAMP

     Home  >  Articles  > News & Tips: Health
by NYMetroParents Staff

Related: camp, advice, tips, summer camp, parents, kids, child, ask the experts, what to know, checklist,


boys at summer campThe American Camp Association's website lists more than 50 items kids should pack for camp, all under the (ironic?) heading, "Travel Light." If you're getting ready to send your child off to camp this summer, you've probably realized by this point that camp prep is no joke. First you had to choose the perfect camp for your little guy - day camp or overnight? Specialty camp or traditional? One week or one month? And now that the great school-summer switch is fast approaching, it's time to make sure you have all the answers and equipment you need to make this camp season a success.

Whether it's your first or fifth round with summer camp this year, heed the advice below for less stress at the starting line. To help you avoid that slap-on-the-forehead, turn-the-car-around moment, we asked:

 

What is the one thing you wish all parents knew before sending their child(ren) to camp?

 

"Don't forget sneakers and sunblock. Keep communication lines open between yourself and the camp's counselor and director about your expectations. No peanuts!"

- Aaron Britton, school-age childcare and camp director, Wilton Family Y, Wilton, CT

 

"As a psychiatrist who studies the way the diet contributes to behavioral problems and learning disabilities, I wish all parents sending their kids to camp knew that if they would first eliminate the 'junk' in their child's diet (sugary foods, especially the ones with artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives), there could very well be both a major reduction in their child's distractibility and restlessness and a major improvement in his social skills, as he would be better able to take teasing and to 'go with the flow.' Changes in diet could also stop bedwetting.

The Feingold Association offers a great deal of information and support on many of the diet changes needed, but sometimes it's necessary to eliminate additional foods that the Feingold Diet does not cover. Your child, like many millions of other children, may be negatively affected by the industrial chemicals added to so much of our food. But an appropriate change in diet - instituted before camp starts - will help your child have a much happier camp experience by avoiding crises that the offending foods would
 otherwise provoke."

- Richard M. Carlton, M.D., psychiatrist, Feingold Association of the United States, Rocky Point, NY

 

 

Also see: Our Camp Guide for the New York metro area

Camp Roundup: The Best Advice Over the Years


Get Your FREE Indoor Activity eGuide!

More News & Tips: Health Articles

Ask the Expert: What Should I Know About Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Ask the Expert: What Should I Know About CPR and CPR Training?
Fresh Meadows Urgent Care Center Adds Dental Office
8 Things to Know About Summer and Senior Citizens
12 Things to Consider When Buying Sunglasses

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local News & Tips: Health Sponsors

GameTruck
Ultimate video game party serving all of Long Island and NYC
516-629-5595
Ultimate video game party serving all of Long Isla...

Stamford Ophthalmology
1351 Washington Blvd
Stamford, CT
203-327-5808
...

Blue School
241 Water Street
NYC, NY
212-228-6341
Blue School's educational model integrates a progr...

Kids First Pediatrics, PC
6144 Route 25A, Bldg. C, Ste19
Wading River, NY
631-929-0325
Our philosophy is basic and straightforward: We re...

Ridgefield Academy
223 West Mountain Road
Ridgefield, CT

RA summer camp is a traditional summer day camp lo...
See Our News & Tips: Health Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2014 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE