A Summer Like No Other: What to Look for in a Camp for Your Child

Every child wants to go to summer camp at some point and who can blame them? Enjoying time outdoors, campfires, sports, and making new friends sounds like every child's dream. And when looking at which summer camp to send your child to, you might be surprised to learn that there are many options available! Here are just a few tips on how to choose the right camp for your child and what to look out for. 

Look for a Good Reputation

Reputation and history will definitely be something you'll want to check out when choosing a summer camp for your child. The mark of a great summer camp will be excellent testimonials from previous parents and students. Look for what they liked and dislike about the camp and read up on the camp counselor and teacher biographies. Information regarding camp staff should be easily available to you, and background checks should always be made on the camp's behalf to ensure children are as safe as possible. Camps that have been around a long time will generally hold a mark of trustworthiness, but that's not to say newer camps aren't just as good, so be open to what each has to offer.

Find a Niche

Whether your child is into math, science, the arts, or basketball, there is a summer camp specifically designed just for them. Think about it: your child can have a summer camp experience designed on exactly what brings them the most joy. Perhaps your child has a passion for astronomy. Space camps would be an excellent option, allowing them to see the stars, learn more about our solar system and build telescopes to study the Milky Way. On the other hand, your child might be an avid theatre kid. Enroll them in a theatre camp and allow them to enjoy practicing their acting skills, learn to create sets, and design costumes. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to finding something your child is interested in. 

Consider a Partial-Day Program

If you're not crazy about the idea of sending your kid away to summer camp, don't worry. There are plenty of options for partial-day programs that will still provide your child with a fun experience while giving you peace of mind. This is a great consideration if your child might be prone to being homesick. After all, being away from home for too long all at once can definitely become a stressful situation for children who experience homesickness. Others will appreciate the cost-effectiveness of a partial-day program, saving them money in their wallets while their children will still be able to enjoy themselves at camp.