Midsummer means camp visiting day is here. While you're counting down the days and packing up your child's favorite things to bring, you may want to keep in mind that each camp has their own visiting day guidelines. To help you make the most this fun day, the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey recommends these eight tips:
1. Don’t bring banned items to camp, which can include iPhones, ipads, Game Boy or other mobile gaming device, cameras that record video or any technology with Wi-Fi.
2. Limit the amount of food you bring to camp on visiting day and check to make sure the camp allows you to bring food. Some camps have campers with severe food allergies and don’t allow outside food on camp grounds.
3. If the camp has arranged camp activities for the day, participate in what is planned for the parents.
4. Respect the no tipping staff policy if the camp has one.
5. Make sure to arrive on time for the day. You don’t want your child waiting for you when other parents arrive at the set time.
6. Avoid telling your child about all the things they are missing at home while they are at camp. This can make a child feel like they're missing out and can leave them feeling homesick.
7. Don’t make pick up deals with your child. Put the camp time frame in perspective for your child if you sense he or she is missing home. Let them know you are confident that staying at camp will be a great experience.
8. If the policy is to stay at camp on visiting day, honor it.