Tips to choosing the right summer camp

School is out now what? So you start looking at camps to find out where to send your child. Navigating the world of camps can be a little stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that way. First start with your child’s interest and go from there, this will narrow down the search. Does your child attend an after school program and does it have a camp? This would be the best place to start.

We spoke with Tracy Martin-Turgeon of The Children’s Workshop who gave the following tips to help narrow down your search:

What types of questions should parents ask?

  • How do they recruit for summer counsels or summer help? Are they finger printed and first aid trained?
  • Does this camp have returning counselors? If so what is the return rate? This should be 50 percent or higher.
  • How old are the counselors taking care of your child?
  • If your child is on medication, how does the camp handle this and what is their sick policy?
  • What does the typical day look like, can they show you a curriculum of what they will be doing?
  • How often do they go on fieldtrips, and who is driving them?
  • Lastly, ask for references?
  • What is the child to staff ratio?

How to choose the right camp style for your child:

  • First; you want to talk with your child and ask them what interests they want to pursue this summer. Is it swimming and hiking, mostly outdoors, mostly indoors or combination?
  • Do you want a day camp or overnight camp?
  • Do they want to stay where they are or go somewhere else?
  • How much do you want to spend for camp?
  • What do you want your child to get out of camp? Cooperation, competitive edge, or enjoyment?
  • Most camps will have a variety of swimming, activities, fieldtrips, crafts, and specialty sports. What you want to do is do your research and have your child come with you to tour.

Where to begin:

Now that you have narrowed down what type of camp your child likes, you want to go visit the places. Take a check list with you and ask lots of questions. Is this is an overnight program or a day program? Take your child on the visits. Visit even if it is an overnight camp. You want to see what your child will be doing and where they will be sleeping and eating. Here are some websites to narrow down your search for the perfect camp: -19 facility Massachusetts and Rhode Island – Co-ed overnight New Hampshire boy’s overnight camp New Hampshire co-ed camp overnight New York

Start early, don’t wait until the last minute, then you will be scrambling for a spot or place. Tour, secure, and enjoy the summer.

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