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Prepare Your Children for Summer Camp and Enjoy Spring Savings

By: Maria Werner-- 2016-03-17 9:30 am --

Spring will soon be in bloom, and summer break follows in step. By preparing your children for summer camp now, you can access a lot of incredible deals on summer clothing and apparel. Here are some tips to begin preparing for your child’s summertime adventures.

Prepare Your Children Mentally
Perhaps the biggest stressor of summer camp is the anxiety and fear many children experience in anticipation of living away from home. Shy children find summer camp to be particularly intimidating, as they are not only away from their parents, but cooped up in close quarters with their peers. We recommend you visit the American Camp Association website to find a camp suitable for your kids.

While parents also tend to have reservations and anxieties about summer camp, it’s essential to keep these concerns away from your children. They’ll pick up on your anxiety, only intensifying their own concern. Practice by sending your children for sleepovers in advance, so they get accustomed to the idea of sleeping away from home.

Send sentimental toys, stuffed animals, and photographs with the child, so they can feel connected to home while away. If your children are particularly anxious, see if any of their school friends have been to camp and are willing to share their positive experiences with your children.

Collect Their Belongings
Camp life entails a long list of belongings. Between the costs of camp and the never-ending shopping list, summer camp can feel like a financial burden. Yet, there are a lot of items that can be purchased used or in bulk, allowing you to squeeze some savings out of your child’s summer escapades. Here is a general shopping list required by most camps.

  • T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, pants, and shorts
  • Socks and undergarments
  • Twin sheets and a mattress pad
  • Towels and wash cloths
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Swimsuit
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm clothing
  • Stamps, envelopes, and writing materials
  • Tennis shoes and sandals

Even if your child already has shirts and socks, it’s probably a good idea to buy them new, since they will likely become filthy amid a summer of mud fights. You can purchase packages of shirts and socks in bulk, which will reduce the cost per item, while equipping your child with all of the clothing they need while their away. For other items on your list, consider seeking out classified listings and thrift stores to find the best savings.

Find a Camp
There are countless camps to choose from throughout the U.S., and you should begin searching for your chosen camp now. While summer camps are inherently enriching to youth, those that pertain to the specific interests and talents of children will provide the greatest benefit. With camps that specialize in science, athleticism, music, and theatrics, there is a camp for virtually any hobby.

The year has flown by, and in just a couple of months, the summer sun will be warming the valleys and hills. Summer camp is a great opportunity for children to continue their learning throughout their break from school, while burning off their energy and having fun with friends. To ensure your children are prepared, buy bulk t-shirts, socks, and toiletries for their trip. Click here to browse bulk children’s clothing and other camp supplies, so your children can remain clean and dry while away.