Are you looking for a great vacation experience for your child? Many students spend long holidays at summer programs or camps. There are many different types of camps out there and certainly many exist where your child can be happy. Perhaps they are looking for adventure, need to work on an educational goal, have a special need or interest, wish to explore or develop in the fine arts or performing arts, love science, sports, or travel. These programs help kids and teens to develop independence and new interests, build confidence, expand their friendships, experience other cultures, get in touch with nature and make memories that will last a lifetime.
WHEN CHOOSING A CAMP FOR YOUR CHILD, YOU MIGHT WANT TO ASK SOME OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
- What type of experience are you looking for?
- Is it an experience that your child would like?
- Does your child have a special interest or skill?
- Is there a new activity that your child would like to try?
- Are there any limitations that should be taken into consideration?
- What type of program can you afford? Don’t forget transportation, uniforms or activity fees for special programs as well as spending money.
- What size of program would you like?
- Would you like the camp to be single sex or co-ed?
- Is your child ready to spend the night?
ONCE YOU THINK YOU HAVE NARROWED DOWN YOUR CHOICES, YOU MIGHT WANT TO DIG A LITTLE DEEPER AND ASK MORE QUESTIONS:
- How long has the program been running?
- What is the philosophy?
- Who is on the staff or faculty?
- What type of professional development do the staff and faculty have?
- Are campers encouraged to step outside of their comfort zones?
- How safely are the programs designed?
- Are there required versus optional activities?
- What is the day-to-day structure of the camp?
- Is there a refund policy?
- What is the food like?
- Will you need insurance?
- What is camper to counselor/staff ratio?
- What do the kids do if it rains every single day?
GREAT PLACES TO START YOUR SEARCH
- NATIONAL CAMP ASSOCIATION’S CAMPQUEST
- AMERICAN CAMP ASSOCIATION
- CHILDREN AND NATURE NETWORK
- TEEN LIFE
Don’t forget to ask friends about positive experiences their children have had.