Tips for sending kids off to summer camp [Video Transcript]
Ross: (music)…Now that school’s out it is time for summer camp. Millions of kids are signed up and whether it’s a day camp or a sleep away, parent’s need to be ensuring their little ones are well prepared. Victoria Pericon is an author and the founder of Savvy Mommy, an online magazine. She has some great ideas to help you get the kids ready for camp. It’s good to see you.
Victoria: Good morning, Ross.
Ross: Okay. You’re getting ready for camp. You’ve got the kids going away. You’ve got in your head, “Okay, I’m not going to see the kids for a few weeks,” or a few months, or whatever the case may be. What’s the one thing you need to do to get them prepared?
Victoria: You know, start off with what they’re taking with them. That way, when they’re there, they have a great experience no matter what happens with their events of the day.
Ross: I’ve talked to a number of parents about this, and I’ve been through this myself and going through it again right now. What’s the best age to send a kid to sleep away Toronto summer camps?
Victoria: If it’s sleep away, seven. If it’s day camp, you can start around four for a full day of camp. Younger if it’s a half day or smaller hours.
Ross: Okay. Just depends on the kids as well.
Victoria: It definitely depends on the kid and the type of camp, whether it’s near your house or if you’re going to be sending them a lot further away.
Ross: Okay. Let’s talk about some of the goodies you have here, beginning with these labels. Mabel’s Labels?
Victoria: Mabel’s Labels are great because you don’t want anything ending up in the lost and found bucket. You can put them on anything that you have. They’re water resistant. You don’t have to worry about anything like that. They’re great for all the children, no matter what they’re taking with them.
Ross: Okay. The kids are going to be sharing the cabin with other kids. All sorts of critters about.
Ross: You’ve got some shampoo, perhaps, to help with that.
Victoria: So Cozy has their Boo Shampoo and leave in conditioner so that way, no matter what they’re sharing, whether it’s headphones or a pillowcase, you cannot have to worry about bringing home lice with everything else at the end of the summer.
Ross: Okay. What do we have right here?
Victoria: Now, Camp Pacs have a really nice food free camp care package. You say food free, because of the fact that you don’t want the critters from the neighbouring wood areas to come along into their cabin. It’s great for the girls to get those things like that as well.
Ross: Move down. Need a cool backpack.
Victoria: We have a cool backpack, but the great thing about this is this is an autographable from Coloring Card Company, autographable pillowcase, so at they end at camp you can make sure everybody in your cabin signs it.
Ross: It’s okay to write on this. Mom’s not going to be mad.
Victoria: It’s okay and you can color it in as well. Here’s one that’s already done and one that isn’t.
Ross: Then no hidden fees are going to show up on Mom and Dad’s doorstep when then don’t have this. Let’s move down here.
Victoria: Now a lot of the children when they go to camp, they do a lot of hiking, a lot of watersports. You need a wide mouthed bottle that’s unbreakable. It’s plastic and these are Nalgene bottles which are great for that. You don’t have that after taste of plastic, and they’re wide mouth so you can put ice in there and just let it go ahead and melt. It’s perfect for them when they’re hiking throughout the day.
Ross: There’s are pretty high rent, are they expensive?
Victoria: No, they’re not. They’re not.
Ross: Because you know the kids are going to lose them.
Victoria: Well, they’re affordable enough for you to get more than one if they need them. They’re also unbreakable.
Ross: You’ve got some stuff to protect kids from the sun as well.
Victoria: I really believe in having mess free things for the kids, whether insect repellent or if they’re daily sunscreen protection. We have Shady Day Wipes which are protection wipes from the daily sun. They’re SPF30, and we have Parents of Invention Teeny Towel, which are great. These are [inaudible 00:02:58]. They sit on their child’s key chain and they’re mess free. They’re not in a bottle, so you can just go ahead and use the wipe. It’s perfect as well.
Ross: Okay. All good stuff. Victoria Pericon. Thank you so much.
Victoria: Thanks a lot, Ross.
Ross: Feel like going to camp again. Perhaps I’m too old.
If you have any additional questions regarding sending your kid to summer camp, please contact:
Camp White Pine
1335 Camp White Pine Court
Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0