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Between the anxiety of trying new things and the last-second panic of feeling like you’ve forgotten to pack something, knowing what to bring to summer camp can be an exhausting checklist. You already know to pack your toothbrush and clothes, so we wanted to remind you of a few things you should consider when running through your personal What to Bring to Summer Camp list. Some of these are more hands-on than others, but we believe they will all help you or your child survive the packing process.
A Good Attitude
Have you ever had someone tell you to smile more or have a better attitude? It can be pretty difficult to come out of a funk solely on willpower in the moment, but you can try to have a good attitude when stepping into a different environment. No matter what kind of personality type you have, a new environment or situation can be hard to take in. “What if people don’t like me? What if I’m not good at ___?” It’s perfectly natural to feel uneasy, but when you prepare yourself for the transition and try to keep a good attitude, you’ll find things aren’t so scary after all.
Openness to New Ideas
When you go to a summer camp, you’re going to encounter new ideas, learn new skills, and meet new people. In addition to having a good attitude, one thing that will help you have the best time is to be open to new ideas. For an average summer camp, this may mean joining in on team cheers or conquering your fear of heights to complete the zipline. For other campers who are attending programs that focus more on education, it could be that you need to try a different technique for playing your instrument or incorporating a different influence into your artwork. We understand that your identity doesn’t change at camp, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking a small risk here and there.
Your “A” Game - What to Bring to Summer Camp
No matter where you are headed this summer, there’s one thing we definitely recommend you add to your list of what to bring to summer camp: your “A” game. What does that even mean? Do your best and try your hardest. Whether you’re playing team games, performing in a live show or trying to impress some expert in your preferred field, we want you to give your very best effort. Although winning or making a good impression may be side effects of doing your best, what’s more important is that you are honest with yourself about leaving it all on the field (or stage, etc.).
Favorite Hobbies (Assuming They Fit Camp Guidelines)
This is where our advice on what to bring to summer camp gets to be more dependent on what your camp allows for you to bring. For some campers, especially those who are traveling away from home for the first time or attending a camp spanning the entire summer, it’s good to have some of your favorite hobbies on hand. Not your favorite video game system or an entire set of drums, but things which are important to you and help you pass the time. Books, cards, sports balls, and pictures are just a few of the things which you might consider bringing. Again, this is all dependent on what your particular camp is okay with. Also, you want to pick just a few small things, so don’t go trying to bring half of your room with you to camp.
A Few More Clothes Than You Think You Need
Take it from our own experiences, you’ll want to bring a few more clothes than you think you need. This is especially true during shorter summer camps when you can’t make do with something you barely wore three days prior. Perhaps you’ll get your clothes muddy one day or it will pour down raining and your clothes are soaked. Either way, you’ll need an extra outfit or two just to play it safe. Don’t go overboard with this helpful hint, but it’s better to have too many clothes than too few.
Money and/or Snacks for Free Time
Before we get back to less physical things for you to bring to summer camp, we want to remind you about extra money you may wish to have at camp. Maybe there is a camp store where you can buy snacks or merchandise. In such a case, it’s good to have a little money from home. Even if you are going to a camp where the food is good, it’s nice to have your favorite candy bar from time to time. Check to see if your camp has a store. If not, maybe they will be okay with bringing something from home.
A Healthy Level of Humility
One characteristic which will take you far in life is humility. Nobody likes the kid who is overly proud or thinks he/she is better than others. When you’re humble, people feel more comfortable around you. There’s something likable about someone who recognizes his own limitations and is respectful of others. Besides, being humble means that it’s not the end of the world when you come up short or you’re the last one picked for an activity. It’s like having bulletproof armor that makes you a more well-rounded person.
The Ability to Be a Good Friend
Someone who is kind, humble, brings their “A” game, and is fun to be around will be an absolute hit at camp. It’s great to pack your clothes and toiletries, but qualities like these should definitely be added to your list of what to bring to summer camp. They make you a better friend to those around you and that’s a very important character trait to possess. Being a friend to others means not having to sit alone at lunch and having someone (or possibly more) who always has your back. Once you know how to be a good friend to others, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying the camp experience.
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