Summer Camp Countdown! Preparing Your Kid for Day Camp

Day camp drama? Not when your kiddo is prepared! Here's how to get her ready for her first camp experience (9 Photos)

Jenna McCarthy on Jun 1, 2012 at 12:45PM

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Summer Camp Countdown! Preparing Your Kid for Day Camp

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Get Your Child Involved

Go shopping for your child's camp gear together. (A new backpack and swim shoes will thrill your kiddo -- and you'll be happy knowing she's well outfitted.) The key part is involving your child in the process. "Participation breeds ownership and commitment," Tipograph explains. If the camp mails out an activity schedule or posts it online, check it out together. Maybe you'll see, for instance, that the camp is having a wacky hat day or talent show -- and you can brainstorm ideas (and get excited) together. Don't forget to label every last thing your child brings to camp, adds Jeremiah Thomas, Director of Camp Curiosity in Doylestown, PA. Thomas recommends for labels that you can stick to anything (including hats, sunblock, water bottles, sunglasses, shoes, jackets, tote bags, towels and more).

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