Bed-wetting at Camp

Bed-wetting a Problem?

Don’t let a little tinkle stop your child from enjoying summer camp!

Two years ago we took a group of children to camp and out of about nineteen 6-7 year old boys and girls we had three children with bed-wetting issues.  It was quite a shock, but nothing we couldn’t handle.  Most of the children were fine and weren’t really embarrassed at all, however if you have a sensitive child then it’s best to prepare them before they go to camp.  Here are some tips to help your child feel comfortable about being at camp:

  1. Notify the counselors immediately. The counselors can arrange for more frequent bathroom breaks and even mid-night wake up calls for your child.
  2. Ask the counselors if your child can sleep close to the cabin exit. This will allow your child easy access to the restroom. Make sure your child has a flashlight so he feels safe when walking to the restroom at night.
  3. Talk to your child about wearing disposable pants.  Find a special bag to put your child’s pants in that looks fun.
  4. Tell your child that he doesn’t have to tell any of his new friends about his situation.
  5. Coordinate with the counselor for a special place to change underpants.
  6. Remind counselors not to give your child drinks late at night. (This last one has been argued about amongst other professionals, but it never hurts.)

Bed wetting is a common problem for children but that shouldn’t keep them from enjoying camp or overnight visits with friends.  If you have any tips or ideas on this subject please leave a response.

For more information contact Michaela Chatman at Camp Roadless Summer! Let’s see how we can help!


About Michaela Chatman

Michaela Chatman is the founder of Camp Roadless Summer Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camp based in the Tokyo area. She has taught in Chicago, New York City, Hiroshima, and Tokyo. She has worked with children from ages 5-16. She is a dedicated fan and supporter of the arts. She performs locally in Tokyo with Kaguratei, a blues band. She is an active member in TELL:Exceptional Parents Group, Japan Affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum (JASCD), Tokyo Investment Group, and Pink Cow Connections Networking Group. For fun she organizes The Tokyo Lovers Pizza Meetup Group.
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