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Is camping safe anymore? So many horror stories

Is camping safe anymore? So many horror stories

Camping: Camping is a wonderful activity for the whole family. The "horror stories" that you mention are blown way out of proportion because they get so much news coverage, but they are actually quite rare (no one reports the safe, uneventful camping trips). Safe camping requires that you do some homework. Know the natural hazards (waterfalls, caves, natural predators (bears, etc.) and know poison plants. ...Read more

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Must I send my child to camp with other gifted kids?

Must I send my child to camp with other gifted kids?

No: There is no reason you must do that. However, if your child would like to attend, and you can afford to do so, then it maybe a good idea. However, if you are sending your child, just to send them, then i would not do so. ...Read more

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Does it help to send a child to fat camp for his fatness?

Maybe or maybe not: You know, it won't help at all as my expertise says so. ...Read more

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What must I consider when choosing a science camp for my child?

See below:: What is the camp's philosophy-curriculum and developmental apporoach to the subject. What is the facilitiies/locale, personnel and format of the camp? Testimonials from others who participated? Cost for room and board? Eligiblility criteria? Age groups/coed? ...Read more

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Would camping out in the wilderness every once in a while be a good thing to do?

Why not?: Do you like the wilderness? Do you like the outdoors? Are you prepared to "rough it"? Do you like camping? Are you afraid of wild animals? Do you have the right equipment? These are questions you should ask yourself before you go camping. ...Read more

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I fell on a rock at my uncle's camp yesterday and have a big black and blue. How long do they take to heal?

I fell on a rock at my uncle's camp yesterday and have a big black and blue. How long do they take to heal?

Hematoma: You probably have a hematoma (collection of blood under the skin) caused by the trauma. It will gradually dissipate over 2-3 weeks depending on the size of the injury. ...Read more

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I drive a tractor trailer for a living, bounce around a lot vechiles are very heavy and ride rough, can 24 years of this damage the body/organs?

I drive a tractor trailer for a living, bounce around a lot vechiles are very heavy and ride rough, can 24 years of this damage the body/organs?

Maybe.: There hasn't been very clear research into the effects of vibration. But any kind of repetitive movement, applying acceleration/deceleration forces on the body (not to mention lots of sitting!) might be less-than-ideally healthy. If you can, try to pad your seat, eat a healthy diet, take frequent brakes, and exercise. ...Read more

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What is the best way to wash face while camping?

What is the best way to wash face while camping?

Wipes: You can bring pre-moistened towelettes that are made for that purpose (or just bring kiddie wipes) if there is not a clean water source near by. ...Read more

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Am I more susceptible to giardiasis when camping?

Am I more susceptible to giardiasis when camping?

Depends on exposure: Animal contamination of lakes and ponds may make camping a riskier event than sitting at home. Access to purified water and proper boiling of your utensils can lower your risk if you use lake or well water for cleaning. Boiling your water for 10 minutes will illiminate the threat if you are unsure of the water. ...Read more

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What's the best breakfast you can eat if you have band camp?

Complex carbs.: For sustained energy through the morning of band camp,focus on complex carbohydrates and fiber. Foods like high fiber breakfast cereals, multi grain bread for toast and berries,will keep you going. A B complex vitamin will help your body use the carbohydrates efficiently. ...Read more

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Having trouble in summer camp. Will counselor tell my partnets?

Possibly: It sounds like you recognize that your behavior is beyond the norm. Consider the effect of your actions, mostly on others as this is the concern of counselors and camp officials. Observe your fellow campers who stay out of trouble, and try to find ways to have fun without bothering anyone and and probably your parents will not be informed with a reversal of the misbehavior. ...Read more

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When is it safe to put my baby in a bike seat or a bike trailer?

When is it safe to put my baby in a bike seat or a bike trailer?

Depends: Once baby has reliable strong head control, usually by 6 months, either should be safe. Children in bike seats should wear a helmet. Look for a five-point restraint system and less-traveled roads with bike paths. ...Read more

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What information must I give my childs camp director about his molluscum?

What information must I give my childs camp director about his molluscum?

See below: I would let the camp know that he has the molluscum. You can even google search for educational hand outs. But, they should know ahead of time. ...Read more

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i was asked to help clean up a trailer lot with lots of fiberglass insulation and i have been having breathing trouble but its getting better day?

 i was asked to help clean up a trailer lot with lots of fiberglass insulation and i have been having breathing trouble but its getting better day?

Your Fiber Class: That insulation is full of small fiberglass and other debris that can irritate your lungs.Sadly,it won't insulate them from that irritation. If you have symptoms for more than a week or two,get examined in person by your doctor. And in the future,use eye and lung protection (safety glasses and a mask) when dealing with stuff that blows-off dust or other particles, especially fiberglass or asbestos ...Read more

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What are the most common animal bites when camping?

What are the most common animal bites when camping?

Mosquitos.: By a landslide. Of animals with teeth, probably raccoons - they are not shy about rummaging through peoples' belongings. ...Read more