Summer Camp

Last Minute Summer Camp Packing Tips

It’s almost time. Your little one will be going off to summer camp. You’re pretty much packed, but you could use a bit of help. Are you organizing the bags correctly? Do you need to label things? Here are some last minute packing tips to help you make sure your child is ready for summer camp.

1. Plastic Bags

Freezer bags, gallon bags and sandwich bags are your friends. Buy several boxes of varying sizes. Gallon bags are great for shoes and summer clothes. Sandwich bags are great for chargers, underwear and socks. Storing things in plastic bags will help your child find what they are looking for quickly.

2. Label Everything

If you want it returned to you, label it. How you label things will depend on what they are, but everything your child takes to camp should have their name emblazoned on it somewhere.

3. Toiletries

Pack toiletries in their own bag. The camp your child attends may have requirements when it comes to sizes and how they are packed so be sure to ask. Having these items in their own bag will let your child find them with ease.

4. Bedding

If the camp your child is attending expects them to pack their own bedding, put this all in a separate bag. If your child has a favorite pillow or stuffed animal, be sure to pack it.

5. A Small Gift

A surprise gift waiting for your child when they open their bag will be welcomed. Make your child feel special by purchasing something small, wrapping it and putting it on top of whatever you’ve packed. It can go a long way in making them feel a little less homesick.

If you would like assistance in finding financial aid for Jewish Summer Camp in Atlanta, reach out to our friendly team. We can help you find the means to pay for your child’s camp this year.

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How to Avoid Stings and Bites at Summer Camp

No one wants to become a meal for insects. Unfortunately, millions of us spend a few uncomfortable days each summer after being bitten by the local population of mosquitoes. Even worse is the itching sensation of a bee sting.

The good news is that many of these bites and stings can be avoided with a bit of proactive behavior on your part. If your child is going to summer camp this year, here’s how to help them avoid being uncomfortable:

1. Eucalyptus Oil

Bugs hate eucalyptus oil. Make a solution of 1 cup of water to five drops of eucalyptus oil. Dab the solution on the skin for a natural insect repellent. Calendula ointment can be dabbed on the skin as well if you are looking for another natural repellent.

2. Long Sleeves and Pants

Pack long sleeve shirts and long pants with your child. It might be hot and they may prefer to wear as little as allowed, but covering their skin can help will help protect them from stings and bites.

3. Light Colors

While you’re packing, make sure that you pack light colored clothing. Bees and wasps are attracted to bright colors that may mimic the shade of flowers. Interestingly, insects cannot see the color red, making it a great choice.

4. Avoid Body Sprays

Have your child avoid wearing body sprays and perfumes. These scents can attract stinging and biting insects. Soap and water to clean with is fine, but anything beyond that should be avoided.

Summer camp can be an enjoyable experience for your young child. You want to be sure that they are as comfortable as possible during their stay. A week or two spent itching and scratching is no fun. Use the tips above to help your child prevent bites and stings.

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Best Ideas for Letters to Your Camper

The art of letter writing is perhaps a thing of the past. Texts have taken the place of written communication, providing quick snippets of information without the need to sit down and put pen to paper. With your child leaving for summer camp in the coming weeks, it’s time to get your creative juices flowing.

They may not write you back, but you can be sure that they will enjoy getting a letter from home in the mail. Here are some creative ways to stay in contact with your child while they are off at summer camp.

Top 10 Lists

Top 10 lists are a fun way to keep in touch and let your little one know what’s going on at home. Think of a “Top 10 Things We’ve Been Doing While You Have Been at Camp” or “Top 10 Things We Did Today”. These lists can be sincere or comical.

From the Pet

If your child has a favorite pet at home, let your pet “write” the letter. Write a letter from the perspective of the family dog or guinea pig. Your little one will be tickled by the thought.

Joke Collections

Write down a few funny jokes or riddles and pop them in the mail. Your child can share them with their fellow campers.

Family Collection

Ask close relatives and family friends for a single sentence. Combine all of the sentences in a fun way to create a letter to your child. Be sure to sign everyone’s name at the bottom, and ask your child to write you back, guessing which relative or friend made which statement.

Your child will most likely miss home no matter how much fun they are having at camp. A letter from a loved one can make all the difference in the world for a child feeling a little homesick. Plan on writing daily, and your letters will be a great part of your child’s camp memories.

If you are interested in sending your child to Jewish summer camp in Atlanta, we can help you find the monetary resources you need. Reach out to our helpful team today, and learn more about what we can do for you.

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How to Tie Dye Like a Pro

Do-it-yourself tie-dye t-shirts have been popular for ages, but they are recently experiencing a comeback in a big way. They are easy to make, and kids love wearing their own creation. If your child is going to be attending summer camp this year, you can expect that they will tie-dye something.

Whether you are running a camp or you’re looking for a fun project to do with the kids at home, give tie-dying your own shirts a try. It’s easier than you may think and is a very engaging project that will keep your kids entertained for hours.

1. Gather Your Supplies

You will need the following supplies to properly undergo the tie-dye process: white T-shirts, thick rubber bands, soda ash or baking soda, a bucket, some paint sponges or brushes and dye.

2. Soak the Shirt

Soak the shirt in a bucket of warm water mixed with soda ash or baking soda. This will help the dye stick to the material. Let the shirt soak for about 20 minutes before you wring it out.

3. Twist and Turn

Twist and scrunch the shirt however you wish. You can find some great instructions online if you are looking to create a specific pattern. After you have the shirt in a certain position, wrap rubber bands around the shirt in places so that it stays put.

4. Apply Dye

Take your paint sponges or brushes and apply dye to the t-shirt. You will want to stop one color at a rubber band and then start another. This will give you a pattern of swirls, stripes or circles depending on how you’ve tied your shirt.

5. Wrap It

Once you are done with the dye, wrap the shirt with cling film and let it sit overnight. Remove the film in the morning, rinse the shirt and hang it to dry. That’s it! In just five simple steps, you’ve created a shirt that will always bring back fond memories of summer camp whenever it is worn.

If you are interested in sending your child to Jewish summer camp in Atlanta this summer and would like financial assistance, please reach out to our team. We can help you find the money you need to ensure your child has a terrific summer.

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Why Camper-to-Staff Ratio Is Important

When you decide to send your child to summer camp, you do extensive research to ensure that you are sending them to the perfect camp. You want to be sure that they have a good time while they are away from home and that they are safe.

One important factor to consider when deciding on the right summer camp is the camper-to-staff ratio. When the ratio gets too high, say around 13 campers to one staff member, your child will not get the individual attention they deserve. In order to maintain the safety of the large group of campers, a counselor or other staff member will have to treat the campers as a homogenous group. Therefore, they will not receive focused, individual attention during the activities you have paid for.

If you want to ensure that your child gets the attention they deserve and you expect, you will want to look for a smaller ratio. Here are some other important reasons that you’ll want to ensure a low camper-to-staff ratio:

  1. A deeper understanding between staff and campers
  2. Heightened safety
  3. Higher morale among campers
  4. More accomplishments
  5. Active engagement in camp activities
  6. Reduction in instances of homesickness

If you are interested in sending your child to Jewish summer camp in Atlanta this year and are looking for financial assistance, please reach out to our office. We will be happy to assist you in finding the sources of funds that you need in order to send your child to camp.

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How to Find the Right Special Needs Summer Camp

Summer is still months away, but you may already be thinking of summer camp for your child with disabilities. With so many options, it can be difficult to make a decision. The best thing you can do is to start considering your choices earlier rather than later so that you have time to find the right special needs camp for your little ones.

What You Want Your Child to Gain

One of the first considerations to make is to determine what you want your child to gain from summer camp. Do you want them to gain new skills or enhance ones they already have? Knowing what you want your child to gain from camp can help you slim down your choices.

Schedules and Structure

Your child may be used to a very strict routine at home, and you could be worried that their routine’s disruption will throw them off. You can look for a summer camp that follows a set schedule every day to help your child adjust.

Location

While location may not be your first consideration, it is certainly one of the top on your list. You may need a bit more money than you had originally planned if the camp is in a different state or even just cities away. Applying for grants and scholarships now can ensure that you have the funds needed.

Other things to consider will be your child’s medical needs, the number of camp staff to children, and the length of the camp. Once you have taken all of these things into consideration, you can make an informed decision when it comes to your child’s summer camp.

If you are considering a Jewish summer camp in Atlanta for your child with disabilities this summer and are looking for financial aid, reach out to our team. We can help you find the monies you are looking for.

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What’s the Best Age to Start Sleepaway Camp?

You’ve sent your kids to day camp and they’ve had a great time. This summer, you are wondering if your child will be old enough for sleepaway camp. Unfortunately, the answer to that question isn’t always an easy one to come by. Some experts recommend one age, while others recommend another. It boils down to this: Your child is ready when they are ready.

For some children, being school-aged is old enough to go to sleepaway camp. For some, this is still too young. Many camps offer overnights to children as young as 6. Other camps don’t allow children to spend the night until they reach age 7. For children this young, overnight camps often take place during a “starter week.” Children spend the days with counselors and friends, and many camps also have parental volunteers.

If you are gasping, feeling as though there is no way your first-grader is ready to spend a week away from you, consider these reasons that young children often do so well at camp:

  1. They are able to develop their confidence and independence early.
  2. They aren’t typically as homesick as older children.
  3. It is often easier to find a spot at popular camps for younger children.
  4. Your children can develop social skills and positive relationships with same- or similar-aged peers.

At the end of the day, it really comes down to you knowing your child. If you are interested in your little one attending a Jewish summer camp this year, reach out to our team. We may be able to help you with financial aid to make camp more affordable.

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3 Things to Do While Your Kids Are at Camp

For many parents, the thought of their child being away from home at summer camp is a stressful one. Parents worry that their children will be homesick, won’t be taken care of or will be injured. Most find that these fears are not the reality and that their children have a great time while they are away.  

Instead of getting emotional at the thought of your kids leaving for a few days, start making plans for yourself. There are several things you can do to pass the time. Here are some ideas.

1. Take a Trip

Take a trip of your own. When was the last time you had an adults-only vacation? Now would be a great time to take a break by yourself or with your partner. If you decide to go off on a short trip, make sure that the camp has emergency contact information on file in case they can’t get ahold of you.

2. Eat Like an Adult

Forget frozen nuggets and mac-and-cheese. Now is the time to eat that adult food you’ve been craving. As a bonus, you can eat it without complaints sounding from little faces. Try some sushi, go out for a four-star meal, whatever you desire. The time is yours.

3. Catch Up With Friends

Getting together with friends can be difficult when everyone has little ones. Now would be a great time to catch up with some of those people you haven’t seen in a while. Grab a cup of coffee in the middle of the afternoon or head out for a night on the town. You get to decide.

Treat your kids’ time at summer camp like a small break for yourself. Use the ideas above or come up with some of your own. If you are interested in pursuing financial aid for Jewish summer camp this year, reach out to our helpful team. We will be happy to help you.

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Biggest Myths About Summer Camp

Is summer on your mind yet? If you are like many, the hottest months of the year seem a long way off. The fact is that summer really isn’t that far away, and you may want to start thinking about which camp your kids will be attending. If you’re still up in the air about whether or not you will send your children to camp at all, let’s talk about a few of the myths surrounding summer camp.

1. It’s Not for Everyone

This simply isn’t true. There are thousands of Jewish summer camps out there, both sleepaway and day camps, that will provide a wealth of experience for anyone. There are camps based on interests and needs, ensuring that you can find the perfect one for your child.

2. It’s Expensive

Camp isn’t cheap, don’t get us wrong, but it isn’t cost prohibitive. Add to that the large amount of help that is out there and money shouldn’t be a concern. If you want to send your kids to camp, there’s definitely a way that you can afford it, whether through fundraising, scholarships or some other means.

3. It’s All Fun and Games

While summer do camps want your child to have a good time, Jewish summer camps are centered around specific ideals and experiences. This means that your little ones will have fun, but they will learn while they are doing it. Don’t think of camp as a time waster.

If you are interested in sending your children to camp, you should look into it. Whether you are looking to send your kids away for a strictly religious experience, an educational one or a physical one, there is a Jewish summer camp out there that’s right for your family.

We understand that the cost of camp may be a luxury that some can’t afford. We are happy to provide financial aid for Jewish summer camp for families in need. Please contact us to learn more about how we can assist you and your family this summer.

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How To Roast the Perfect Marshmallow

One of the best things about camp are the memories made sitting around a campfire and exchanging stories. But the best part of a campfire? Roasting marshmallows. Follow these steps, and you’re sure to have the perfect marshmallows when you go to Jewish summer camp.

1. Build a Fire

To have the perfect fire for roasting, start building your fire an hour before you break out the marshmallows. Be sure that you have a safe fire pit area and appropriate fire-starting tools. Using dry tinder such as paper or dryer lint, make a pile along with small twigs. Once the fire is lit, add in dry branches to enhance the size and longevity.

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