Choosing the perfect summer camp or program for your child can be easy if you know the right questions to ask. Catherine Griffin, Executive Director of Little Hands Learning Center Preschool gives you the tools you need to make the right decision.
When selecting a summer day camp for your child it is important to consider your child’s personality and interests. Parents should include their children in the decision making process if possible. This allows them to explore the various camp options and will assist them in having less anxiety about going to a new camp facility for the summer.
There are two types of summer camps to consider. General summer day camps offer a variety of activities including swimming, sports, arts and crafts, team building activities, meaningful adventures and field trips. Specialty camps are designed to meet a child’s specific interest and focus on building certain skills such as in technology, coding, art, drama or a particular sport.
One recommendation to help expose your child to different experiences throughout the summer is to enroll them in a general summer camp program and then perhaps add one or two weeks of a specialty camp program before or after a general day camp program to balance out your child’s summer.
In addition, parents can also look at academic camps designed to help a child develop in specific areas such as reading or math. Some camps may also offer a balance of both academics and enrichment activities.
Questions for parents to ask when selecting or considering a camp:
- What activities and special programs does the summer camp offer?
- Are summer bridge academics available in addition to camp program activities?
- What is the length of the camp and how structured is the camp?
- Will the camp meet my child’s dietary or physical needs?
- If the program is an academic based program you may want to ask about the educational philosophy of the program and if individualized instruction is available for students at different levels or for student with different learning styles?
- Does the camp address your family needs (proximity, financial situation, offer an open door policy or allow parents to attend field trips?)
- What are the total costs of the camp including additional fees and are all meals included?
- What is the educational background and experience of the instructors and camp leaders?
- How many children are in the camp and what is the instructor-to-child ratio?
- Are the instructors certified in Adult, Child and Infant CPR and in First Aid?
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