Summer Camp Safety for Children
The summer months mean plenty of parents will be packing their children off to summer camp. While it can be a valuable experience in which they learn all kinds of new skills, it is important to take precautions when it comes to ensuring their safety. A lack of supervision, dangerous environments, and activities that are not age-appropriate can all put your child at risk for accidents and potentially serious personal injuries. The following offers some guidance on what to look for in a camp, along with the essentials your child will need to keep them safe during their trip.
Choosing the Right Summer Camp for Your Child
There are numerous summer camps throughout Florida and across the United States that provide adventure and educational opportunities for your child. Whether opting for space camp, mountain adventures, science camps, or those that let your child help those less fortunate, the type of camp you choose should depend on your child, their age, and their interests.
In terms of safety, the American Camp Association (ACA) reminds parents that not all camps are equal. You want to make sure before sending your child that the camp is licensed through the state, which means they submit to regular inspections and conform to regulations concerning areas such as food safety and sanitation. If you are sending your child out of state, be aware that specific requirements vary. Areas you should look closely at include the following:
- Facilities, such as sleeping areas, restrooms, kitchens, and activity areas;
- Transportation, such as bus drivers, traffic control, and vehicle safety;
- Medical care, including the availability of resources and the doctors and nurses that are on staff;
- Management, particularly in terms of safety and security measures;
- Staffing, and the qualifications required of camp counselors;
- Program goals, which including camper development and any outcomes expected.
Once you find a camp that meets your standards and provides for your child’s interests, it is up to you as a parent to pack the appropriate supplies. Most camps will provide you with a detailed packing list, with items specific to activities and location. The following are some supplies that Camp Experts recommend to be sure and include:
- Sun protection, even if your child does not plan to spend lots of time outdoors;
- A rain coat, to protect them against summer downpours;
- A sweatshirt and jacket, to keep them warm on chilly summer evenings, especially in the mountains;
- Insect repellent, to protect against mosquitos;
- A refillable water bottle, to prevent dehydration;
- Quality walking or running shoes, even if they insist they will spend most of their time in flip flops.
Contact Us Today for Help
Accidental injuries are a leading cause of death and disability among children. If your child is injured, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III is here to help. Call or contact our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney online and request a consultation to discuss how we can help you hold responsible parties accountable.