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What information should I give my child’s camp director?

Before your child heads off to camp, think about all of the things that the camp director and counselors doesn’t yet know about your child. In order to keep your child safe and maximize his camp experience, the camp staff should know the things found in the following list:

  • Child’s name and birth date
  • Any health limitations your child might have, such as asthma or epilepsy
  • Any physical or emotional limitations that could affect your child’s camp experience
  • Any sleep issues that the counselor should be made aware of, such as bedwetting or nightmares
  • Injuries your child has had that might impede performance
  • Any allergies your child has
  • Any dietary restrictions your child has
  • Child’s doctors’ names and contact information
  • Emergency contact information of parents and another responsible adult, in case parents can’t be reached
  • Insurance provider and policy number
  • Preferred hospital in case of emergency
  • Written authorization to administer medication to your child at school, adequate supplies of medications, and their dosing schedule

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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