Since camp is less structured and kids tend to live in close quarters lice spreads more rapidly in this environment. Most overnight camps do all-camp lice screenings on the first day. If your child has lice you must pick your child up from camp, get him or her treated on your own, and only return upon an inspection which must be nit free or camp will provide a lice treatment service for your child and you will incur a fee. Having camp deal with the situation is a great option! Keep in mind the rest of your family should also be checked.
Detecting lice on day one can save a camp from an outbreak. However, if a case is missed on day one (which is very possible since an early stage of lice is difficult to detect) it may not show up until week two or three. By that time there is usually more than one kid in the bunk with lice. So you see how this can become a big problem even if your camp is on top of the situation.
Lice Lifters has a pre-camp kit that will help to detect and start to treat lice before you leave for camp so you can have peace of mind when sending your children off for the summer.
Have a great lice free summer!
Ilene Steinberg, The Nit Nanny & CEO Lice Lifters Franchising