So your off on your first camp. You will have lots of fun!
Stuff for your Parents / Carers
It can be daunting sending your child to camp, espically the first time. Here are some ideas and notes that might help you.
When you get the invite;
- Say yes, or no, quickly it helps with the leaders planning and some events have a limit on them
- Pay the deposit, the place is not confirmed without the deposit
- Put it in your diary, people have forgotten about camps before and we won’t call you to remind you about it
In the weeks leading upto the camp;
- Talk to the leaders, if you have any questions ask them. There is no such thing as a silly question. If you have lots of questions ask a leader to meet you before or after Cubs on a Wednesday as they will make the time to talk to you.
- Let the leaders know anything special about your child.
Do they have special dietry requirements, are they a fussy eater?
Do they have any night time issues, bed wetting, night terrors, sleep walking?
The week before the camp;
- Check the page on myScout as any last minute updates will be on there
- Pack the bag to the kit list
Don’t put lots of extras in the bag
- Pack the bag with your child so they know were things are in their bag
- Make sure a special teddy or toy is packed
- Don’t pack anything that can’t get dirty or broken
- Make sure they can carry their own bag
The Day of camp;
- Make sure you bring a permission form
- Don’t worry if they run off at the start of the camp
- Don’t tell them that if they are worried they can come home, saying that often is the start of home sickness
During the camp;
- Don’t worry if you don’t hear anything – No news is good news
- Don’t worry if you don’t see anything on Facebook
We get busy on camp so can’t always post or we may have limited phone signal.
- Don’t worry if your child is not in a picture on Facebook
They might just be out side of the picture frame or they might be with a group that can’t be posted online. If there was a problem, you would know about it.
- Make sure you are avaliable to pick up your child in case something is wrong
We cannot drop your child back to you so you may need to pick them up if they are ill.
If you get a call from us on camp;
- DON’T PANIC
We might just need to check something or we might want to get permission to give them some different medication.
If you drop something off on camp;
- Don’t be supprised if we don’t let you go onto the campsite
If someone is homesick seeing another parent can often cause it to get worse
After the camp;
- They will be tired
- They may be smelly
- They probably will have changed
- Everything will need washing
- Don’t worry if you don’t hear what they did straight away, it will come out over the next few days