Whether it’s your first period or not, getting your period at camp can seem like a huge wrinkle in your plans for carefree, outdoor summer adventure. But only if you let it!
As an all girls camp, you have never been in better company! You will not be the only one and there are plenty of people you can talk to and ask for help, from your counselor or the nurse to your cabin mates. It can be as private as you would like it to be, but most everyone not only understands but has been there themselves.
Worried about swimming? Talk to the Head of the Dock or your swim instructor. They will be willing to make accommodations for you if necessary. And at the same time, remember, some of the greatest athletes in the world are swimmers AND they are women who do not let their period stop them from doing what they love.
Like most other things at camp, it’s best to know before you go and have a plan you are comfortable with so it doesn’t cramp your style once you arrive. If you do get cramps, the infirmary has OTC medicines like Advil or Pamprin. If you have a medication you would like to bring, just make sure that it is in its original container and bring it to the nurse at check in. Pack some pads or tampons just in case and rest assured that we have more at the camp store and in the health center. When you think about it, getting your period at camp is something all the women at camp have experienced and are here to help and support you.
So don’t wonder or worry and let it overshadow your time at camp! We have all been waiting a long time for this summer of fun and we are way too empowered to let anything stop us!