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Choosing a Summer Camp
Summer camps are opportunities for kids of all ages to create fabulous lifelong memories. Everybody loves summer camp. Children can make new friends and take part in fun activities, such as hiking, swimming or telling stories. Parents can also enjoy time for themselves.
Coed or Same-Sex
The first aspect to consider is whether you want your child to attend a coed or same-sex camp. There are advantages to both choices.
Coed camps allow boys and girls to socialize together, which may concern some parents. But coed camps usually have strict rules and supervision. They separate the boys and the girls for certain activities and housing.
Single sex camps can allow kids to develop confidence and self-esteem. They also eliminate the possibility of distractions and the rigidity of gender stereotypes.
Many camps focus on educational activities, such as music, drama or science. Think about your child’s interests. You may want him to focus on certain activities, especially if he needs additional tutoring.
Consider your choices and research your options. It is important to ask your child for his opinion. While it is ultimately your choice, the child will have a better experience if he feels as if he had some power in making the ultimate decision about how he will spend his summer.
Special Needs Camps
If you are searching for a special needs camp, be cautious about choosing the right camp. Experts and trained personnel should be on hand to help children with health or wellness needs.
Talk with the camp director before making a decision. Read reviews on the Internet and speak with parents who have sent their children to the camp. Also, be sure the facilities are properly equipped and safe before allowing your child to attend the camp.
It is essential that the summer camp has a long record of keeping children safe and happy. Also ask your friends, family and neighbors for information about summer camps for kids. Don’t base your judgment solely on their opinion, but positivity is a good first step. Once you have collected enough referrals, start looking deeper into what each camp has to offer.
Even if you had a fantastic childhood experience at a particular camp, times are different now. The staff and camp counselors have changed. The facilities may have aged substantially.
Visit all of the prospective camps before making a final decision.
Supervision varies substantially from camp to camp. Some facilities have plenty of camp counselors on hand to look after the children. At the very least, camps should have enough staff to ensure the safety of all kids. Each state typically has a minimum staff-to-student ratio. Be sure that the camp complies with these regulations.
Also, consider the following questions: Are the supervisors adults, older teens, or a mixture of both? What kind of training and experience do they have? Do they have appropriate licenses and basic medical training?
Background checks should be performed on everyone who is around children. It is important that you verify that the camp has performed the proper background checks.
There is a wide range of costs associated with summer camps. If you are on a budget, consider sending your child to a basic day camp. People who can afford more might consider specialized private residential camps. Cost alone should not be a deciding factor. Remember, you are paying for memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.
Never, ever risk your child’s safety in order to save money. You will have to find a camp that meets your needs as well as those of your child. Your budget should also be a factor.
It isn’t easy, but finding the best camp for your child is well worth the time and expense you put into it.