By create4446574, Apr 19 2017 07:17PM
After school lets out for the summer, many parents try to find ways to keep their children active and occupied. One way to pass the time is by enrolling your child in a summer camp. Summer camps are extremely diverse in activities offered and time spent at the camp itself, so it will be beneficial to do a bit of research into which types of camps could be right for your child.
Consult with your Child
Chances are your child will actually have some opinions regarding summer camp that you may want to take into consideration. Discuss your child’s interests with them. They may want to try something new or they may want to get better at a sport or skill that they are already devoted to. There are many different types of specialty camps that focus on specific sports, music, or life skills that your child may be interested in.
If your child isn’t interested in one specific thing, a general camp might work for them. At these types of camps there are a variety of sports, activities, crafts, and musical aspects that your child can take part in.
Another thing to consider is whether your child will be comfortable at an overnight camp experience or if they should take part in a day camp instead. Day camps offer a variety of activities to get involved with, but allow you to pick up your child at the end of each day to bring them home. Usually, if your child is well-behaved, somewhat independent, and can handle sleepovers, they can do well at an overnight camp. If they are a first timer or are just getting used to attending summer camp, you might want to start off with a day camp.
Do Some Research
Good summer camps do not have to cost an arm and a leg. Many offer financial assistance in the form of financial aid, discounts, or reduced fees for parents who volunteer their services at the camp. Talk to camp leadership to find out exactly what they have to offer.
Inquire about how different camps screen, hire, and train their staff. You want to make sure your child is left with safe, capable people while you are not around. Ask about the camper to counselor ratio and how they would handle conflicts or discipline.
Asking for a sample daily schedule can give you a better idea of how your child will be spending their time at the camp. You can use your parent intuition to decide which camp would be a fun challenge for your child without being overwhelming.
Also consider whether your child might need or benefit from making new friends. Often, an overnight camp is a great place to form new friendships, but if familiarity is a better fit, consider a local day camp with some kids from your neighborhood or from your child’s school.
After You Find the Right Camp
Register your child in summer camp early. Many times the spots fill up quite fast and you do not want your child to miss out on an adventure. Then, tour the camp’s facilities. It doesn’t hurt to make sure everything is up to your standards. Also, introducing yourself and your child to the camp’s staff can help ensure that your child is treated well, and can help you learn more points of contact at the camp.
Encourage your child to be open minded about activities and to try their best to have fun and learn new things. Summer camp can build many happy memories and enhance your child’s life for the better.
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