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.

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