With March Break over and Summer Camp approaching, we’d like to talk about our cutest campers: The Juniors! Ages 3-5, our Junior Campers need plenty of attention and care. Here a few commonly asked questions we hear from parents getting ready to send their toddlers to camp:
My child is allergic to X. How will you ensure their safety?
First, inform us of your child’s allergy. If your child has an Epipen, one of our counsellors will carry it at all times. All of our counsellors are CPR trained and know when + how to use an Epipen.
Laurus is a nut-free camp. We inform parents of our policy, and our counsellors check every lunchbox to ensure a nut-free campus. We have nut-free snacks to replace any food containing nuts.
If your child has a particularly severe food allergy, we can arrange to have them eat with a counsellor in a separate room from other children. Please notify us if you think this is necessary for your child.
What are your sun-safety policies and procedures?
First, we ask that each parent pack a water bottle, sun screen, and a hat in their child's backpack. Before going outside, our counsellors apply sunscreen and fill water bottles for every camper. While outside, counsellors enforce regular shade and water breaks. Junior Campers are never outside for longer than 40 minutes at a time.
Be sure to let us know if your child has any additional needs concerning sunlight or heat. We will be happy to accommodate.
Can you make sure my child eats their whole snack + lunch?
This is a common one. Our counsellors keep a lookout to ensure each child is eats during snack and lunch time. Please inform us of any strategies you employ to motivate your child to eat at home. In our experience, familiar tactics from home tend to be the most successful.
How will you make sure my child gets along with other children?
Counsellors are key, and at Laurus we only hire the best. They work to foster friendships among campers through group activities, team spirit, and when necessary, conflict-management. We will be sure to keep you in the loop about the ups and downs of each day.
Again, be sure to get in touch if your child has any additional needs. We will prepare accordingly!
What is your bathroom policy for juniors? What if my child has an accident?
Junior Campers are always accompanied by a buddy and a counsellor when going to the bathroom. We know that Junior Campers are just recently potty trained and need to keep up good habits. Counsellors consistently ask Juniors if they need a washroom break. If your child needs to go, a counsellor will always be prepared to take them.
Despite our best efforts, accidents happen—especially when young children are adjusting to a new environment. If possible, we ask that parents of Junior Campers pack extra clothes just in case.
As always, let us know if your child needs any extra help in the bathroom. We’ll be sure to provide it.
How can I avoid a meltdown when I drop my child off on the first day?
Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out or comment below!