Summer may be a few months away, but if you’re planning to send your kids to summer camp, you know it’s not too early to start the process. Summer camps can help working parents fill a child’s long summer days and help them keep summertime boredom from settling in.
Whether you’re looking for a day camp, an overnight camp, or a combination, here are some things to keep in mind when you’re considering what camp to send your kids to.
Most camps have themes or align with a special interest such as sports, drama, art, etc. There are all kinds of camps out there. Make sure to find one that aligns with your child’s interest with age appropriate activities.
Check out the camp’s safety guidelines. What is the camper to counselor ratio? Are the kids supervised at all times? How do they handle a sick child? Make sure you provide the correct emergency contact information. Click here for the American Camp Association’s safety tips.
Camps can be pricey, and you’ll want to stick as close to your budget as you can. Camp Electric has a good article to help you know what to expect when paying for camp. Click here to access the article.
Looking at a potential camp? Be sure to check the camp’s reviews and ask/look for any referrals/testimonials among your sphere of influence. To help you find the right camp for your child, Atlanta Parent Magazine has as great ultimate summer day camp guide. Access the guide online here.
Sign up/register early. Some of the more popular camps fill up quickly, so the earlier you can register to assure your child a place, the better.
Make sure your camper has any special gear he or she may need. Know what’s provided by the camp and what your child needs to bring.
Make sure your camper is up on his or her immunizations and checkups. Most camps may ask for immunization forms and other health information, just as you provide it to your child’s school, so make sure you can provide them with a copy as well.
Children, especially younger children, may feel a little anxious or nervous before the first day of a new camp, and of course, this is completely normal. Parents can help alleviate a child’s anxiety by talking about the camp and what he or she can expect while attending.
Before you know it, camp and summer of 2020 will be a fond memory and kids will be looking at the beginning of a new school year!