Snow’s Falling But Still Thinking About Summer Camp

summercamp.jpgSure winter is not quite over and Spring has not started, but that doesn’t mean it is too early to think about Summer Camp or activities to keep your children active and learning through the Summer months.  Parents often ask us ‘what questions I ask when considering a summer camp for my child?’ In responding we remind them that Summer camp should be a fun experience for their child that helps them to grow and develop socially. It’s really important to take into account their needs and desires when choosing a summer camp. Together you and your child should ask yourselves the pertinent questions that will help you form the questions that will help you to make the right choice.

Here are some suggested questions to try to get answer to when choosing a summer camp

  • Talk with your child on what they want from a summer camp. Including a child in the decision-making process will help them to feel empowered. Use their input to formulate questions designed to see if the camp will provide what your child would like.
  • Ask yourself what you want your child to gain from their summer camp experience. Summer camps have many benefits which enable your student to learn new skills, hone old ones, excel at sports, live a healthier life or make new friends. Camps can be a combination of these things too.
  • Review your budget and your traveling capabilities to decide which camps you can afford and how far your child can travel.
  • Decide whether you want a small camp where children will receive individual attention and get to know the other ‘campers’ and staff members well or opt for a bigger camp where your student will have the opportunity to mix with a large variety of people.
  • Examine the camp’s ethos and philosophical approach to ensure that they reflect values that you support and would like to impart to your child.
  • Ensure that the counselors are well trained and friendly so that your student gets all the support they need.
  • Did you read the references? Read reviews and comments from camp attendees to get a feel for the place. Long lists of impressive activities don’t tell the whole story and hearing good reviews from trusted friends and family members help you to make the right choice.
  • Look at the ratio of counselors to children and the return rates of previous campers. Discuss the methodologies councilors employ to resolve conflicts between campers to see if your child will fit in.
  • Ensure sure that the camp is accredited and that it has adequate medical facilities to deal with emergencies. Check that counselors are properly trained and are old enough to cope with problems that may arise.
  • Are the meals healthy?
  • Does the camp have indoor recreation and activities will help to alleviate boredom in the event of inclement weather?

Make a short list of four or five summer camps or activities that tick all of your boxes. Discuss your choices with your student and get them to pick their top three. Use this as a guide when making your final decision. There are a number of websites that list camps according to various criteria. This will make it easier to find camps in your area.

Helpful US websites:
My Summer Camps
American Camp Association
Camp Page

Helpful Canadian Websites:
Our Kids
Summer Camps in Canada
Camp Page

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