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Summer Safe: Choosing a Camp: June 6, 2011

Keeping you kids summer safe at camp: Things you should know before sending them off.

With school about to let out for the year, it’s time for parents to do their homework.

Making sure her kids enjoy an action packed summer is a must for mom Patricia Givens.

“My kids, I think they are like a lot of kids, they will just sit if you let them so all of my camps this year that I'm scheduling are active camps,” says Givens.

A phrase you hear a lot is ‘camp philosophy’ it means the type of camp. They run the gambit..from sports to arts to computers and everything in between. Choosing one that interests your child is your starting point.

“Summer is supposed to be fun for kids, so you got to choose a summer camp that's going to be fun for the child,” says Lee Memorial Health System pediatrician Dr. Piedad Silva. “Which means they need to have some input.”

First on your list should be safety, including supervision. Ask how many of their staff are CITs or Counselors in Training. It usually means teenager.

“You got to have enough adults to supervise. Especially with sports and physically, more physically active camps,” says Dr. Silva.

References are another must. Also inquire about their medical resources, especially when it comes to sleep away camp. Make sure that the staff is equipped to handle any your child’s allergies or health conditions.

Before saying goodbye to your campers, make sure they have the appropriate physical exams and immunizations. Along with plenty of sunscreen and bug spray, so they can enjoy a safe summer holiday.