Tips to determine if summer camp is right for your child
Summer camps are a fun way to encourage your kids to be active and socialize while learning important life skills.
Attention parents: if you’re looking for a way to entertain your kids over summer vacation, consider signing them up for camp.
The American Camp Association has found that campers learn how to work with a team and gain leadership skills they can carry with them long after the summer has ended.
Summer camps are a fun way to encourage your kids to be active and socialize while learning important life skills. Camps allow kids to discover hobbies they may never have thought they would enjoy. The best part is, the kids are having so much fun with their new friends, they won’t even realize they’re exercising – or learning.
If you’re interested in signing your kids up for summer camp, here are a few tips to help you get started:
Involve your kids in the decision. If you believe your kids are ready for camp, sit them down and talk about what sort of camp is right for them. Since your kids are the ones who will be spending time at the camp, it’s important to include them in the decision. Asking them where they want to go helps ensure they enjoy their summer.
Decide what kind of camp to attend. You can find plenty of camps in your area by asking other parents or going to the American Camp Association’s website. Whether your kids are interested in an overnight or weeklong sports camp, there’s an option for everyone. This also is true for kids with special needs.
Special-needs camps modify activities to the campers’ needs in order to challenge kids without overwhelming them. However, if you would prefer your child be in a more traditional setting, many inclusive camps offer programs that can accommodate their needs.
No matter which type of camp you choose, you’re kid will leave feeling more confident and independent.
Remember camp is fun for teenagers, too. Summer camps are just as fun for teenagers as they are for younger children. If you have teenagers, ask them if they would like to go to camp. There are plenty of camps that can help them learn or improve in a sport or hobby, and your kids would get to meet new people who are interested in the same things they are.
Visit the camp. If you’re kids are interested in going to camp but seem nervous, consider taking a family road trip to visit before summer starts. If you aren’t close enough to drive to the camp, go to the camp’s website and take a virtual tour. This will allow both of you to get a feel for where they will be attending camp and what it has to offer.
If it’s you who is nervous for your kids first day of camp, don’t worry. It’s perfectly normal. Once you hear your kids gushing about all the new friends they made and the fun they had, you will forget about any concerns you had and know you made the right choice.