According to Tricia Kline, director of camps for the Community YMCA of Monmouth County, N.J., a pair of sturdy closed-toe shoes, including sneakers, is recommended. Since the camp offers activities such as a climbing wall, Kline said campers must be properly shod when engaging in such sports. And, she added, a pair of socks can help prevent blisters when trekking on sandy camp roads.
That doesn’t mean kids can’t enjoy the warm weather in a pair of sandals. Kline said flip-flop wear is restricted to the pool area. However, campers can also tote a pair along when heading on a trip to a nearby beach.
At Tip Top Kids, buyer Margot Wasserman, said parents also look for closed-toe sandals. She cited brands such as Keen as an option, due to its signature bumper toes, water-friendly construction and rugged outsoles.
For kids heading off to sleep away camps where the terrain may be more rugged, a pair of hiking boots is recommended, according to veteran camp mom Rhonda Sexer Levy.
Although safety is a priority, that doesn’t mean kids can’t express their fashion side. There are plenty of colorful looks that a girl’s favorite spectrum of pink, purple and turquoise, while boys can hit the trails in a pair of Timberlands or the playing field in Nike.