SOURCE: Nationwide Children's Hospital, news release, May 25, 2015
FRIDAY, June 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Parents may be surprised to learn that camp injuries happen most often during supervised activities. The risk for injuries also increases when camp lasts 14 days or more, children's health experts say.
But by taking some important precautions, parents can help ensure their children have a fun and injury-free summer, according to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Their experts offer the following advice.
Before sending kids off to summer camp, parents should do their homework. Be sure to check references and look for camps that are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Camp directors should also meet the minimum standards set by the ACA.
Different camps have various philosophies and programs. Make sure children attend a camp that meets their individual needs and interests. Parents should also verify that any camp they choose follows state laws regarding the safe transport of children, including the use of booster seats and seat belts.
Once the list of potential camps is narrowed down, there are several questions that should be asked, including:
Once a camp has been selected, it's time to pack and provide children with important reminders, the experts noted. Here are some of their safety recommendations:
Children should also bring antibacterial hand sanitizer or wipes, lip balm, bug spray, adhesive bandages, a whistle to signal for help, a hat, and sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection.
The American Camp Association provides more camp safety tips.