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Choosing a Summer Camp

Well, it’s that time of year again! What time is that, you ask? Summer time!! Now is the time to start looking at available summer camps. There are several questions you need to ask in order to ensure you choose a great camp for your little ones.

1) What are your expectations of the camp? What would you like your child to gain from the camp experience? What is your child interested in?

2) Narrow down the type of program that will meet your expectations. There are several popular genres that are sure to meet your needs.

a) Traditional summer camps usually provide confidence and character building

activities in an outdoor setting. Think bunks, cabins, archery, and campfires.

b) Academic camps provide students an opportunity to focus on specific

academic areas of study.

c) Art camps provide students an opportunity to focus on drawing, painting, or other visual arts outside of what may be offered in a traditional school setting.

d) Adventure camps provide fun, engaging, high-energy experiences.

e) Athletic camps provide opportunity for children interested in sports to learn new skills.

f) Special needs camps provide a summer camp environment for students with physical, mental, or emotional challenges that may not be accommodated at typical summer camps.

3) Decide whether you prefer day camps or overnight camps. Your child’s age and comfort level will be a deciding factor between day camps and overnight camps. When looking at day camp options be sure to check the camp hours especially if you need an all day camp.

4) Keep in mind the camp setting and experience. Will the camp be at a centralized location? Will students spend time away from the camp location and if so, what will this involve?

5) Look for low student-to-teacher ratios (10 students per teacher is ideal). Be sure to ask if the chosen camp conducts background checks on all instructors.

6) Determine a budget for the summer camp activities. Don’t quickly dismiss a camp solely based on its cost. Look at the benefits your child will receive and what’s included.

7) Conduct your own research. Ask neighbors, co-workers, family and friends for recommendations. You are encouraged to check out reviews of the camp, visit the camp website, visit the actual camp site, and talk with the staff about the camp.

These are only a few suggestions to help you get started in finding a camp option for your child. As you review camp options, keep these things in mind as you narrow your choices and make your selection. Don’t forget to include your child in the process!

Happy summer camping!

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