Summer camps provide kids with an excellent opportunity to make lasting memories, but they can also be a source of injury—especially if kids aren’t taking the proper safety precautions.

Some of the most common injuries include swimming accidents, heat stroke, cuts and scrapes, sprains, and even illnesses in some cases.

If your child sustains an injury at camp, you might consider consulting with a doctor or urgent care provider before the injury worsens.

Keep reading to learn more about common summer camp injuries:

Swimming Injuries 

Swimming is a beloved summer camp activity, but it can, unfortunately, cause various injuries.

These include cuts, scrapes, bruises, minor strains, sprains, and more severe injuries like dislocations or fractures from diving into shallow water.

It’s always important to be aware of the rules for swimming in any given location and to ensure that swimmers are of an appropriate age group and experience level for the body of water.

Heat Stroke 

Heat stroke is a serious illness caused by too much exposure to the sun’s rays or hot temperatures.

A child suffering from heat stroke may experience the following:

  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • rapid dehydration
  • fever
  • rapid heart rate
  • headaches
  • nausea

So, staying alert for signs your child might need medical help is vital.

As a preventative measure, staying well hydrated can go a long way in avoiding a heat stroke situation while at camp!

Cuts and Scrapes 

Cuts and scrapes are the most common injuries experienced at summer camps, especially during athletic activities like rock climbing and contact sports.

While these injuries can be painful, they usually don’t require medical attention—all that’s needed is a little soap and water. However, if a cut or scrape is severe, you might consider seeking medical advice from a practitioner.

When it comes to preventing cuts and scrapes in the first place, camp leaders should ensure that all equipment remains in good condition. Youngsters should also wear appropriate gear, like knee pads, when playing contact sports.


A sprain is when a ligament in your body gets stretched too far or tears, causing some pain and swelling. It’s best to recognize symptoms early on to get the proper support—if a child experiences pain after a fall or during physical activities, they may suffer from a sprain.

First aid measures like cold compresses, elevation, and immobilizing the affected area may reduce inflammation and promote healing.

If the sprain appears severe, you should consider seeking advice from a medical professional.

Campers should warm up before participating in physical activity to prevent sprains and avoid overstretching.


Another common injury during summer camp is illnesses like the common cold.

Campers may get sick when they catch something going around or due to poor hygiene, unsanitary conditions, or not eating enough fruits and vegetables.

To prevent illness during summer camp, campers should often wash their hands with soap and water, properly dispose of objects like tissues, and practice good hygiene.

Parents should also ensure their child arrives at camp with the appropriate precautions against illnesses, like vaccinations and medications if prescribed.

Bottom line 

Summer camp is a time to make memories that will last a lifetime, and no parent wants their child’s experience ruined by an injury.

To ensure the best experience possible, remind your kiddos to apply sunscreen, drink water even if they don’t feel thirsty, and follow camp staff instructions.

Having a basic understanding of the most common summer camp injuries might help you proactively prevent them from happening in the first place.

An ounce of prevention goes a long way, but if any minor bumps or bruises happen, just remember that it’s all part of creating unforgettable summer camp memories!

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