I posted this back in April – but in light of my 13 year old going off to camp next week I thought I’d post it again.
Summer Camp for the Vampire Kid
Self-control is the bane of the vampire adolescent.
We all remember that sense of wonder when our paranormal kicked in and we discovered could woo small animals into our hands. To hold a thrush so close and feel it’s warmth and the beat of its heart against our cheeks. Hard beaks and soft feathers as it sits ever so still and calm for our pleasure.
Unfortunately when you send your middle school kid off to summer camp you have to warn her that it will be tempting but no matter how good it seems – it is not the time for your first kill or any kill for that matter. It isn’t even time for a taste.
Good manners are essential to becoming a successful vampire.
Tell your kid “If your teeth get itchy grab an apple or an orange.” Just don’t grab and animal or worse the wrist of one of your cabin mates. At camp food isn’t always available – Vamp-Toys makes a great taste free rubber like ball that kids can scratch their new teeth on.
Of course your kid will look at you, like mine did and say something like “Mom, yuck. I’m not into that sort of stuff yet. I’m not ready.” Sort of like talking about sex with your kids only worse.
Four Important things to pack:
- Teething gel – the kind used for babies. It works for our older kids. They can squeeze it into a small container so it won’t embarrass them if other campers see inside of their bags.
- Iron tablets – to make sure they get the energy they need and aren’t tempted to grab a squirrel.
- SUN SCREEN: Don’t forget. The higher the spf the better. Sunburns are already bad with us, but with the child going through changes it is HELL. Include a protective hat too.
- Guidebook on native plants: If you haven’t already, teach your child what native plants are edible. Many are rich in iron, C and calcium (you’d be surprised).
Outdoor camps that feature night hikes are perfect for the vampire child. Night vision makes it fun to share secrets with other kids, without giving up the ultimate secret (“guess what I’m a vampire”).
But any camp is good. Let your little birdies fly. Sooner or later they will have go out in the real world and hang with humans (opposed to bats LOL). Summer camp is a great way to experience that.