A Healthy Summer Starts at Home

We strive to create a camp environment that is fun, safe and healthy. We appreciate your partnership to help with this goal. Here are things you can do at home to prepare your camper (and yourself, if you are on staff) for a fun, safe & healthy summer:

Teach, talk about and reinforce:

  1. The #1 way to prevent illness is with frequent handwashing with soap and water and then drying your hands. Sanitizer is the next best option when soap & water are not available.
  2. Sneezing and coughing into your arm. If you forget and use your hands, wash your hands with soap and water.
  3. Keeping hands off your faces. Fingers spread germs.


Applying sunscreen. Incorporate this habit into your daily routine BEFORE camp. While staff will help younger campers, ensure campers practice applying sunscreen and be sure to label the bottle.

Drinking enough water & keeping track of a refillable water bottle. Plan to send at least two, if not three LABELED water bottles that:

Consider finding at least one stainless steel, simple water bottle with a carry handle and twist top for your child. Stainless steel does not corrode, rust and is easy to clean.

Talk about what their urine will look like when they are well hydrated (pale yellow). Remind them of the importance of drinking throughout the day. Have them practice rinsing out their own water bottles at home. Remind your child that their water bottles should only be for water, NEVER FOOD. If your child puts sugary drink powder in their water bottle, it is important that they rinse it out well afterward to prevent mold and mildew.

Good sleep habits. Fatigue contributes to illness and injuries. The camp days are full and busy. While in some ways, sleepaway camp is like one long slumber party, it is important that campers and staff get adequate sleep each night. If you missed it, here is Dr. Joshua Tal's awesome presentation on Healthy Sleep Habits.

Brushing their teeth: Teeth should be brushed twice a day. Flossing should also be a part of the routine. Send extra tooth brushes.

Drying off. Practice after showers, pool and lake, especially between those toes, which may help prevent athlete’s foot.

Cutting their nails: Most campers should be able to handle cutting their own nails. Make sure they have a nail clipper for fingers and toes, plus an emery board. The Marp will help when needed, but often we see kids after they have cut their nails too short and not straight across, resulting in a painful, ingrown nail. Properly sized shoes also help prevent foot and toenail problems.

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If your child is showing signs of *illness in the days and hours leading up to camp, contact the Marp (camp’s health center). Keeping your child back until they are feeling better will support your child’s successful start to their summer and reduce the spread of illness at camp. *Temperature over 100.0 F, throwing up, diarrhea, nasal drainage or congestion, cough, complaints of sore throat, eye drainage.