Three Items to Help Make the Summer Camp More Enjoyable

   06.27.18

Three Items to Help Make the Summer Camp More Enjoyable

Summer is upon us and people will be heading to a weekend camp. This may be a hunting lease off in the woods, or a cabin on a rural piece of property.

Let’s spend a few minutes and talk about some stuff, which may help make the stay more enjoyable.

Wasp Spray

Not the mist type of wasp spray, this is the high pressure stream stuff that can hit the nest from 20 feet away. Wasp, yellow jackets, and hornets are building their nests in the summer.

Want to have a weekend spoiled? Let children get stung by a wasp and have an allergic reaction. A trip to the emergency room is never a fun event, much less for something like an emergency reaction.

Be proactive: buy the best wasp killer you can afford, then go Hulk smash those wasp nests! In the movie “Conan, the Barbarian,” when Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character is asked, “What is best in life?” his reply is “To crush red wasp, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their nest.”

Here at the farm, there is a cabin at the back of the property that rarely gets used. Red wasps are building a nest directly over the font door.

Sun Screen

It is up to the parents to make sure the kids do not get sun burned. Without sun screen and the parents minding how much time the kid spend in the sun, the children cold suffer serious sunburns.

Take a few minutes, wipe the kids down with some sun screen and keep track of how much time they spend in the sun.

Sometime in the mid-1970s, mom and dad took my brother and I on a vacation to Corpus Christi, Texas. My brother and I spent all day building sand castles and playing in the water. The next day we were burnt to a crisp and in pain from the burns.

Reapply sun screen as directed and keep an eye on how much time the kids stay in the sun.

Insect Repellent

Not just for mosquitoes, but also for stuff like ticks. In a previous article we talked about three of the best insect repellents.

For adults I favor Repel with 40% DEET; for children, I reach for something with less than 20% DEET.

Nobody wants to bring back lyme disease from the summer camp. One of the best ways to prevent tick bites is with DEET.

Final Thoughts

There is so much more we could talk about:

  • Lawn chairs
  • Canopy
  • Fire pokers
  • Hot dog sticks

The list goes on and on. However, this article was to talk about preventing injuries, such as sunburns and insect stings, or bites.

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