Summer is a special time in a child’s life. Long, warm lazy days coupled with a renewed sense of freedom and adventure. It is a time for exploration and lasting memories. A time when the school-bell structure is thrown away and playful hours rule the day.
Due to work schedules or the desire for good-natured camaraderie, many families choose to have their children attend summer camp – for a week or more. From sleep away camp to day camp and from outdoor exploration to zoo camps, each one offers a world of discovery and becomes a cornerstone in your child’s development and lifelong recollections.
Finding a summer camp that meets your child’s expectations (and yours) is critical to theirs and your enjoyment. But with so many camps out there competing for your attendance, how do you find the one that is right for you and your kids.
Here are five tips to use when deciding on a camp.
- Focus on the needs of your child.
Make a priority list of their needs and wishes and use it as a checklist when researching camps. Determine what is a necessity, and what they can live without.
2. Consider your budget.
Camp fees will vary in cost depending on a number of factors: day or residential, transportation, the size of the camp, if it is a specialty or general camp. Determine your financial situation and how much you are willing to spend.
3. Generate a short list of camps
Using your list of priorities, compile a short list of camps to research further. The Advanced Search (http://www.ourkids.net/camp/camp-search.php) is an excellent tool to generate a list of camps specific to your needs. Read camp profiles, reflections from parents and campers and request additional information by clicking on the inquiry tab.
4. Request information packages and watch camp videoshttps://vimeo.com/63381799
Many camps have additional print and online information packages with more on their missions, philosophies and day-to-day operations. Some also have videos that give you a sneak peek of life at camp.Here’s an example of a great video that really spells out what a summer for your child could be like at Camp Muskoka Woods.
5. Contact camps and ask questions.
Call camps and ask to speak with the Camp Director. There is no silly question. Whatever is on your mind, ask the camp about it. They should openly welcome your inquiries