Ensuring a stress free school camp

  1. Speak positively about camp being a valuable experience e.g. teaches independence, fosters bonding with classmates and teachers.
  2. Encourage them to embrace activities out of their comfort zone and to have fun.
  3. Make sure that kids have all necessities packed that are recommended by the school. Do not pack unnecessary items that may get lost, stolen or are difficult to carry.
  4. Remember little things like tissues, lip balm, wet wipes and hair accessories for girls.
  5. You may want to pack a surprise treat.
  6. A small suitcase that can be pulled is recommended for the trip.
  7. Encouarge them to take a small backpack to carry smaller items like sunscreen and costumes for camp activities.
  8. They can also take portable items such as card games or books to keep busy on the transport or during free time.
  9. Respect the school’s recommendations of what to leave behind, such as electronic devices.
  10. Label everything.
  11. Be on time for drop off and pick up so that there is no additional anxiety.
  12. Make sure teachers know about any dietary restrictions, health conditions and how to administer medication if necessary. Provide written instructions and your contact details.
  13. Google the venue beforehand together so that your child is familiar with the accommodation, environment and activities on offer.
  14. Check if they need to take any pocket money.
  15. Pack a letter, photo, toy or anything else that may make your younger child feel comforted when they are homesick.
  16. Make a fuss of their return. They may appreciate a treat like a favourite take away or milkshake, especially after camp food!
  17. They will probably be sleep deprived when they return so give them some space. Don’t schedule anything on the night of their arrival, except an early night!

Wendy Roux

Wendy Roux

Wendy Roux is a mother of a teen and a 12 year old. She has worked in teaching, the corporate environs and publishing. She is also the author of Checklist Parenting, aimed at parents of young school going children. The handbook offers parenting checklists, covering a range of topics, in a well laid out, easy to read format


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