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3 Summer Camp Must-Haves

These three things will come in handy, ensuring your child has an amazing summer camp experience.

Sunscreen. A water bottle. Extra socks. Comfortable shoes. Swimming gear. These are just some of the usual items that come to mind when thinking about what your child needs before heading to camp this summer. These three items can’t be found on any packing list, but will go a long way to making your child’s summer camp experience extra special.

1. An Adventurous Spirit

Whether it’s testing archery skills, navigating a low andhigh ropes courses or going for a kayaking adventure, there is no shortage ofopportunities for participants eager to expand horizons and step out of theircomfort zone at camp. Even if an activity is a bit more challenging orcompletely new, if your child keeps an open mind and brings an adventurousspirit, by the end of their camp experience they will have developed a wealthof valuable skills and gained wonderful memories that will last alifetime. 

2. Willingness to Meet New People

There’s no better place than camp to not only strengthen oldfriendships, but create new ones too. With lots of opportunity each day tointeract with other kids and participate in activities that relate to theirinterests, it’s easy to see why kids leave their camp experience having formednew bonds. Make sure you remind your child to take time on day one to say”hello” to their fellow campers and get to know them.

3. Love for the Outdoors

Regardless of the camp you choose for your child thissummer, chances are they will be participating in activities that take placeoutside. Whether hiking, kayaking, heading outside to play sports and games orworking on their balance and cardio while paddle boarding, don’t forget toremind your child to pack a love for the outdoors. They’ll be so glad they did.

Friendships. Self-exploration. Leadership. It all startshere at YMCA camps. The YMCA has been running camps for over 110years, helping children and youth (ages five to 15) build confidence,leadership skills and environmental awareness. Kids can choose from a widerange of day and overnight camps offered across the Lower Mainland, FraserValley and Sunshine Coast. For more information or to register your child,click here.