Summer camp is filled with adventurous hiking. Little ones will follow dense pre-made paths, forging through forests filled with plant and tree species. Among all those leaves, however, lies poison ivy, and it’s important that young hikers stay on the lookout to prevent rashes. Here’s a go-to guide to staying safe during summer camp.
Understanding Poison Ivy
What Does It Look Like?
Poison ivy is green in the summer, so its three-pointed leaves are the most standout feature. These leaves can range from pointed to smooth, and while it’s most common as a bush, poison ivy can also be found on the sides of trees. Advise your little ones to stay on the lookout before they start climbing or reaching for exotic plants they might discover during a hike.
How Can You Avoid It?
Once they spot poison ivy, kids should stay back and avoid touching or coming into contact with it. As the old saying goes, “leaves of three, let it be.” Encourage young hikers to cover up with thick socks, long pants and sleeves, and closed-toe shoes. After they’ve been out hiking, these clothes should be washed immediately. Coed camp is an exciting time to socialize, but if clothes got exposed to poison ivy, it could quickly spread to the rest of your little one’s luggage or to other kids. If the skin does get exposed, kids should wash off with warm soap and water ASAP to prevent a rash.
How Do You Treat a Rash?
A poison ivy rash is incredibly itchy, so ease the pain with an ice pack and calamine lotion, Hydrocortisone cream, or an antihistamine. At summer camp, the staff will provide these quickly and easily, helping hikers calm down the itchiness and get back to the fun.
For a genuine summer camp experience, bring your children to New England’s Camp Walt Whitman. As the region’s premier coed camp, its scenic location on Lake Armington allows for activities such as swimming, canoeing, and windsurfing, while the surrounding forest sets the scene for hiking and discovery. At this go-to summer activity camp, kids will also enjoy art and athletics, all led by a friendly, experienced staff that fosters individual growth. Visit the website to learn more about enrollment, or call (800) 657-8282 to schedule your tour today!