Selecting a Summer Camp

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: It's time to choose a summer camp for your child.
Air Date: 5/15/18
Duration: 16:08
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Alison Tothy, MD
Dr Alison TothyDr. Alison Tothy is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Doctor at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. Dr. Tothy received her BS from Brandeis University and obtained her MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.   

She completed a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children's Memorial Hospital through The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. 

Dr. Tothy's interests focus on  child and adolescent health and safety policy, as well as residential camping health and safety. Additionally, Dr. Tothy has held many leadership roles developing unit and service line-based care delivery innovations/enhancements, improving overall patient experiences, and managing clinical performance improvement initiatives and patient safety investigations.
Selecting a Summer Camp
It’s time to pick a summer camp. How can you find the best fit for your kid?

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First, there are lots of camps that are suitable for your child. Your first choice may not work out. Just keep looking.

Follow these tips:

  • Speak with your spouse and child for a preference between day camp and overnight camp.
  • Ask other parents for their recommendations.
  • Seek camps online that fit your kid’s interests. Pay attention to reviews.
  • Have a conversation with the camp director to get a better feel for a new camp. Ask if you can reach out to parents of attendees to get their thoughts about the camp.
  • Visit camp if you’re searching for a new camp for next year. Are the kids happy?
  • Know how far outside of your kid’s comfort zone they’re willing to go. Push them to that point (but no further) with camp adventures.
Camp is great for giving your child a break from electronics. It allows them to form new bonds with different children from their usual circle.

Make sure your child knows that you trust the camp as a parent. Reassure them if this is a new camp experience.

Listen as Dr. Alison Tothy joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how to find the right summer camp for your child.

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