Summer camp is a great opportunity for children to learn new skills and make new friends. It has been proven that kids who are active in arts and sports will be less likely to get into trouble kids.
It can be hard to choose the right camp for your child among all the options. This article will focus on providing guidelines for choosing the right camp for your child.
Whose decision is it?
You don’t want your child to go to the worst camp. If you don’t want your child to go to the worst summer camp, ask him to talk to you about his interests, what he loves about that activity, and what he hopes to get from it. No matter what age your child is, make sure to include him in the decision. It’s a great way for your child to get excited about summer camp.
After determining your child’s interests, decide if he should attend a traditional camp or a specialized camp. Traditional Summer Camps are best for children who enjoy many types of activities like outdoor recreation, arts, crafts, team and individual activities, and so on. Children who are interested in a specific activity will find them more suitable for specialized summer camps. These are the most popular camps for kids and activities:
Adventure Camps include hiking, rock climbing and backpacking.
Watersports Camps include swimming, canoeing and kayaking.
Camps for individuals or teams: football, soccer, basketball, hockey. Gymnastics, martial arts and tennis.
Arts Camps: Acting, directing, writing and choreography.
Science Camps: Nature, Geology, Astronomy, Biology, Archaeology, Physics.
Religious Camps: Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Christians.
Computer Camps: Web design, graphic design and video game design. 3D-modeling, animation, and web design.
WHAT TYPE OF CAMP?
After taking into consideration your work schedule, child’s age and the experience you and your child are expecting to gain from the summer camp, consider the type of camp that makes the most sense for your child. Depending on the type of camp, you can choose between overnight camps, day camps, all boys or all girls’ camps, or brother and sister camps. Also take into consideration the age groups represented and the percentage.
WHERE IS THIS CAMP?
If this is the first time that your child will be attending the summer camp, you should consider a location nearer to help ease some of the anxiety or she may feel. Take into consideration the location of your work or home especially if your child is going to be going to the day camp. Be aware of the camp’s setting security, the environment, and the medical facility . Also, remember to select the right camps based on your child’s interests , not how close to the camp.
WHAT ARE THE FACILITIES LIKE?
The majority of camps schedule tours for parents so that they can visit the facility and talk to the director or speak to the camp’s administration by phone about your concerns even if going to the camp isn’t an alternative. Speak to them about your child’s preferences and needs and what you can do to make sure that they enjoy a positive the summer at camp. Ask about sleeping arrangements as well as what shower and toilet facilities are available. It is also crucial to determine the medical facilities available and the closest hospital.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
As a general rule the non-profit camps are generally more affordable than private ones. A majority of these kid’s camps are tax-deductible under the Income Tax Act, falling within the general category of “childcare expense” deduction. Speak to your accountant to find out whether you are eligible. Beyond the actual cost of the camp , you’ll be required to account for additional costs like the expenses incurred by your child, transportation costs or the camp uniform. Be sure to read for cancellation or refund policies!
HOW MANY CHILDREN WILL ATTEND THE CAMP?
A number of participants depend what size the camp. Large camps are typically divided into smaller segments to ensure that campers be treated with the same respect as they would at a smaller camp.
WHAT ABOUT THE STAFF?
It’s essential to inquire about the personnel before both of you decide to commit to a specific camp. Inquire about the camper-to-counsellor ratio, the knowledge of the directors and staff background, as well as the kind of training that is offered. Be sure to inquire about who is the cook and the medical personnel at the camp. While most summer camps for kids camps require rigorous staff screenings for those who works on behalf of kids, they are entitled to the right to request references from families that have already enrolled their children at the camp.
And lastly, check out the website of the Canadian Camping Association for a list with accredited campgrounds and more information about the provincial standards. Be sure that your family members are comfortable with the program you’ve selected and be aware that at the end of the day, it is important that your child has enjoyment, laughter and even more enjoyable.