Monday, June 1, 2015

Ready, Set, CAMP! Everything you need to know to stay safe while camping out or at summer camp @MinuteClinic #readysetcamp #spon

Disclosure: Special thanks to CVS/MinuteClinic for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Last summer, my now 14-year-old son headed off to a two-week summer camp, way up in the wild woods of northern Minnesota. 

He had a blast!

He came home with so many great memories...

and a bad case of poison ivy. 

CVS and MinuteClinic are on your team this summer. Did you know you can pop in for help with treating common skin conditions like poison ivy and poison oak

CVS and MinuteClinic also offer some great tips for sending your kid off to summer camp with confidence: 

Stay in Touch
Ask if the camp offers ways to connect with your camper, such as email or by phone.
You may also want to ask about wireless access if your child has a mobile device. Additionally, give them an easy way to reach you. Try self-addressed, stamped postcards that are ready to go whenever they want to write home.

Talk to Your Child
Let your children know that it’s okay to be worried, a little nervous, or to miss home
at first. Be encouraging and remind them that this will be an adventure and home
will be there when they return.

Pack Something Familiar
If they’re ever feeling homesick, a trinket from home can be comforting – whether
it’s a photo, blanket, stuffed animal or their favorite toy.

Have Them Log Their Trip
Encourage your children to preserve camp memories. Disposable cameras and
journals are great mediums for them to share their experiences with friends and
family, and to relive their adventure.

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One thing every camp requires is a physical, and I've found that the easiest and most inexpensive place to get a physical is at MinuteClinic. No appointment is necessary, and you can even pop in during the evening, after work and school, or on the weekends. Also called pre-participation physicals, camp physicals are a great way to make sure a camper can safely participate in activities. Some camps require a physical, but even if it’s not required, it’s a great way to stay on top of your camper’s health.

MinuteClinic's nurse practitioners and physician assistants are ready to:

• Review health history and immunizations

• Perform a thorough physical exam

• Complete and stamp required paperwork.

For more information on camp physicals, visit

Here are some other great resources to look at if you too have a child heading off to summer camp this upcoming summer:

I have so many fond memories of summer camp: diving into a cool lake early in the morning, learning how to pitch a tent, gathering around a campfire and watching the stars light up the sky. Summer camp gave me independence, which led to self-confidence. It taught me skills that I use to this day: sailor knots, sailing, canoeing, hiking and orienteering. Camping taught me the joy of waking up in the wilderness and embracing nature.

Are you sending your kids off to summer camp this summer? What is your most beloved summer camp memory?

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