As we anticipate the start of camp, we are aware of the mental health and wellness of our campers and how mindfulness and coping skills will help. For most campers, this is the first excursion away from home in a long time.
In addition to the extensive health plans and protocols for navigating Covid at camp, we recognize most campers will need help to develop coping skills while at camp. Thanks to our Behavior Health Specialist, Amelia Clancey, we have some ideas for your family.
To best support your daughters, we would like all campers to create a list of coping skills with easy access to make her feel good and also to provide clear ways counselors and staff can support her.
A few guidelines about the list:
- Self-made List: Feel free to help your daughter AND have her involved. Her thoughts and creations will actually help her when she is at camp revisting her list. (see the last bullet)
- Length: The list can be as long as she wants, but ideally a minimum of 5 choices.
- The coping skills/activities should be things that are easily accessible and do not require many materials or assembly – perfect for camp!
- Variety: Include options of all kinds, such as some for when they can’t sleep at night, some they can do alone, and some they can do with others. Please also think of some options that require materials
(coloring book and pencils) and others that don’t (taking a walk).
- Format: It would be best if she brought a hard copy of the list with her to camp. In terms of style, anything goes! Have fun with this! Type it in a fun font that you like, write it in a way that makes you happy, add stickers, add glitter, organize it. The ways to personalize your list are endless!
Take some time with your daughter to think about and practice things that help them to feel safe, calm, and comforted. We have included a couple resources to help with this task and of course are here to answer questions, help brainstorm, and most of all, enjoy a fantastic summer.
A Sample of Ideas:
- Deep breathing exercises
- Meditation (practice before camp)
- Quiet yoga moves or mini yoga moves
- Write in your journal
- Color in coloring books
- Read a book
- Take a walk
- Make Bracelets
- Silly putty/thera-putty/calm scented putty
- Scented squeeze toys
- Stress ball
Some helpful links to peruse:
Feeling a bit anxious? These ideas are about feeling calmer and less anxious.
If she like the style of this resource, she could print this out and cut out the ones your she likes, then have them glue them to their own page
This blog has many articles to help you and your child think of options for their list and help you learn a lot along the way!