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Are you gearing up for your child’s exciting adventure camp this summer? As a parent, ensuring your little one is well-prepared is crucial. From choosing the right camp to packing essentials, there’s a lot to consider. But fret not! We’ve got you covered with these expert tips to make sure your child’s adventure camp experience is nothing short of amazing.

Choose a summer camp they’ll love

The first step in preparing your child for an adventure camp is choosing the right one. Take into account your child’s interests, whether it’s outdoor multi-activities, watersports, cooking and baking, bushcraft or horse riding. Research camps that align with their passions and offer a variety of activities. It’s also worth looking for testimonials and reviews from other parents and campers to gauge the camp’s reputation and suitability. The camp’s location can also provide peace of mind, ensuring it’s in a safe and convenient area for both parents and kids.

Set expectations

Before the camp begins, have a candid conversation with your child about what to expect. Discuss the camp’s rules, guidelines, expectations for behaviour and what to do in an emergency, as well as share the positive experiences of others who have attended similar camps. Doing so will help ease any apprehensions or worries your child may have while emphasising the importance of following instructions from camp leadersand participating in activities. View our PGL Code of Practice and safeguarding policy for more information. 

Prepare for overnight stays

If it’s your child’s first time staying overnight at camp, they may feel a little overwhelmed or anxious. At PGL, we want every child to enjoy their summer camp adventure and make the most of new experiences. Getting them used to the idea of being away from home beforehand will reduce any anxieties they may have and get them excited about the trip. Practice sleepovers with friends or family members to familiarise them with sleeping in a different environment. Pro tip: pack familiar items from home, such as a favourite stuffed animal or blanket, to provide comfort during bedtime.

Encourage independence

Adventure summer camps provide numerous benefits, giving children the opportunity to build independence and confidence in a fun and engaging environment. Encouraging your child to take responsibility for their belongings, follow schedules, and make decisions independently reinforces the importance of trying new activities and stepping out of their comfort zone. Reassure them that you trust their ability to navigate challenges and have a fantastic time at camp.

Emergency contact and communications

Make sure that your child knows how to reach you in case of an emergency. Provide them with a list of emergency contacts, including phone numbers for parents, guardians, and camp staff. Discuss communication protocols, such as when and how often they can call home. This not only ensures they feel supported but also reinforces the idea that you’re there for them, no matter what comes their way.

Create a packing list

One of the most important steps when preparing for summer camp is creating a comprehensive packing list together. Include essentials such as clothing and shoes appropriate for outdoor activities, sunscreen, toiletries and a reusable water bottle. Don’t forget to pack any required medications and necessary paperwork, such as medical forms and insurance information. Remember to pack light but efficiently, focusing on essentials that will enhance their adventure camp experience. Check out our ‘What to Bring‘ page for additional guidance and details.

Adventure awaits at PGL!

By following these tips, you can ensure that your child is well-equipped to embark on an unforgettable summer adventure. At PGL, we offer action-packed outdoor adventure camps for kids, with a diverse selection of activities including multi-activity holidays, streetdance, science, watersports, and much more! 

Join us for a one-of-a-kind experience filled with fun and discovery! Get in touch with our friendly and experienced team today to see how we can help.

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