Individuals should always exercise caution when swimming, but especially if swimming in a larger body of water such as a pond or lake. Camp Waziyatah, a summer camp in Waterford, Maine, offers a number of water-related activities, including swimming, sailing, skiing, wake boarding, and the “blob,” a large, inflatable that bounces kids into the water. Here Camp Waziyatah offers a few swimming-safety tips.
1. Never swim alone. Utilizing a buddy system ensures that there is always another person available who can help in the event of an emergency. Frequent “buddy checks” keep track of all swimmers regularly.
2. When children are swimming at a lake or pond, there should always be an adult present, whether it be a parent, counselor, or lifeguard. Camp Waziyatah employs many waterfront personnel, including certified Water Safety Instructors and Lifeguards.
3. Occasionally, lakes can be cloudy. During those times, swimmers should wear water shoes or aqua socks to protect their feet while walking on the bottom.
An overnight summer camp for boys and girls, Camp Waziyatah provides 130 acres of beautiful woods, fields, trails and sporting areas, as well as a warm 3.5-mile spring-fed lake. Campers participate in activities ranging from water skiing to horseback riding to “the blob”, a much-loved water feature. A renowned destination, Camp Waziyatah served as the setting for Bug Juice, a world-famous television series on the Disney Channel.
Many parents worry about homesickness when sending kids to summer camp. Parents can help prevent homesickness, a normal condition that arises when children separate from their parents and homes for longer than normal, by taking action before their child arrives at camp. First, parents should have kids practice “independent time” throughout the year. This time should be spent away from home and away from parents. Sleepovers represent a perfect opportunity for independent time because they prepare a child for the overnight summer camp experience.
Once a child arrives at camp, his or her parents should send that child a care package to help him or her feel more secure. Furthermore, if a parent is concerned about homesickness, it helps to inform the camp director about a child’s emotional state. That way, camp staff can keep an eye on him or her and intervene when needed.