Best summer camps: How To Choose a Summer Camp – I bet you can’t believe it, your child is old enough and ready to scuttle off to Summer Camp! Remember your summer camps, did you parents choose a good place, what happened there and what will you never tell your parents? Anyway this is about your kids now and how to choose a good place for them.
Best summer camps: How To Choose a Summer Camp
Think back to your first summer camp and any camp you went on. It may have been the place of your first kiss, where you learned how to properly swim or just a general good time in the sun with good friends. Of course it may not have always been great and you remember those parts too.
Summer camp is often very important for kids to learn and develop socially. It’s a chance to get out of your gazing and to meet other kids from new areas and new backgrounds, they get to try new and exciting activities too and whilst there are things you may not what them getting up to (that you did) it’s comforting to know that summer camps still exist for this kind of personal growth.
The trick to choosing the right camp is to choose what they would want not what you feel is necessarily best for them. Sending them to a religious camp is fine if that is what you want them to learn but make sure it isn’t all Holy Book study, make sure it’s as fun for them as it should be, this is their break too.
Work out what requirements you need, I recommend it’s a dormitory camp but some day camps are good too and then list them down. Things like what kind of activities you want, any study required, mixed boys and girls (which I suggest) or single gender etc etc.
Next up get a list of all camps within reasonable driving or transport distance. If there is an issue you need to get there so make this easier on yourself.
Go online and check out camp reviews and see if you can contact parents of kids that have attended the camps. Of course asking around friends and parents at school would help too.
You should be narrowing down a list now so it’s visiting time. I suggest you visit each camp, enquire to the camp leaders and ask for face to face interviews. Wherever possible bring your kid(s) as ultimately it’s them who will have to live with the decision.
Don’t overstretch your budget and pick somewhere you feel comfortable with all round, it’ll be worth the effort seeking out that special place and it may be the first of many years you send your kids there.
If you find a good place your kid will thank you forever and it may give you some relaxing peace and quiet this summer!
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