Perhaps the next most difficult decision for a parent after choosing a camp for his or her kids is deciding what to send along with them. In 2016, while some camp traditions such as oversized sweatshirts remain, others have long ago faded.
Stacy Schwartz Frazier, assistant director of Camp Louise in Cascade, Md., said when she was a camper in the 1980s, the popular trend for girls was knee-high socks, while the guys found favor with Bermuda-style shorts.
“In terms of the shorts I feel like they’ve gone through many incarnations,” she says. “I think they’ve all had their time in the spotlight.”
Umbros and big scrunchy socks were also in at the time, and the popular shoes included Reebok, K-Swiss, Keds and Tretorn.
Frazier says that the most important aspect of camp clothing is flexibility. Her mother often gave her
“disposable” clothes, and she encourages parents not to send their kids with anything that is valuable.
“Don’t send someone to camp with something [that] if it didn’t come back, you would be upset,” she says.
In addition to a bathing suit, you may want to pick up a waterproof wristband for your camper, now popular. (Bathing caps? Not so much.)