Summer camps provide a great opportunity for children and teens alike to make lasting friendships, while being physically active and developing life-long skills. Although the goal of summer camp is to keep your children healthy and safe, it is not unlike school or daycare settings where children and staff can become sick if proper handwashing is not practiced. Often these camps provide children with the opportunity to participate in nature and water activities, which expose children to germs that thrive in these environments.
Tips to Prevent Infectious Disease Outbreaks for Parents and Camp Staff
It is recommended that you keep your child home if he or she has been sick in the two weeks prior to them attending any type of summer camp.
When sending your child to summer camp, think about packing some basic supplies that will give him or her a head start at preventing illness, including:
- Disinfecting wipes that contain bleach
- Insect repellents that contain 20 percent or more DEET
- Light-colored clothing
Parents and staff should stress the importance of washing hands, rather than using hand sanitizers, as those products are not effective against illnesses caused by viruses (such as influenza and norovirus). In the event soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol to reduce the number of germs on hands.
Gastrointestinal Disease Resources
- Clean it Up Swimmers (CDC)
- Farm Animals – Prevention (CDC)
- Foodborne Diseases (ADPH)
- Norovirus and Working with Food (CDC)
- Preventing Food Poisoning (CDC)
- Share the Fun…not the Germs, and Make a Healthy Splash (CDC)
- Stay Healthy Around Animals (CDC)
- Waterborne Diseases (ADPH)
- Zoonoses (ADPH)
Respiratory Disease Resources
Vectorborne Disease Resources
Page last updated: June 28, 2018