Answer the following questions to find the perfect summer camp for your children.

Believe it or not -- sunshine, long days and hot weather are just around the corner. Now is a great time to start thinking about what your children will do this summer. Summer camps offer new learning and friendship opportunities, plus lots of fun. Before you start the summer camp search, consider these questions:  

How to Pick the Right Summer Camp for Your Children

May 15, 2017

Answer the following questions to find the perfect summer camp for your children.

Believe it or not -- sunshine, long days and hot weather are just around the corner. Now is a great time to start thinking about what your children will do this summer. Summer camps offer new learning and friendship opportunities, plus lots of fun. Before you start the summer camp search, consider these questions:

What do your children want?

Before you start looking at options, have a heart-to-heart with your kids. There are so many choices out there (music and theater, arts and science, language, sports, computers and more) that you’ll want to establish guidelines to balance their wants with their needs. Check out websites like the American Camp Association at find.acacamps.org to help narrow the search.

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How much do you want to spend?

Camp costs can add up quickly, but there are resources available. Day camps have tax advantages similar to daycare, while most sleep-away camps have scholarship programs or will refer you to foundations that can help. It’s also worth looking into low-cost camps run through nonprofit and community organizations, such as the YMCA or local churches.

 

What about logistics?

Logistical questions are for both you and your children:

  • Location and hours. Is the camp close enough to home? Will the camp’s schedule work with your schedule?
  • Day or night. Are your children ready for the excitement of an overnight camp? Or is a day camp better for your budget and resources?
  • The friend factor. Do your kids want to go where their friends are going? Or will they have a better experience with the unfamiliar?

 

Is the camp safe and accredited?

Ask lots of questions. Find out the ratio of camper to counselor. How old are the counselors? What are their safety procedures? Read online reviews and talk to parents who have sent their children there.

Read next: Summer Fun with Redstone Discounts!

By going through the questions above, you'll be able to find the perfect summer camp for your children. They will love the fun experiences and make lasting memories! What are some of your favorite summer camps for children? Let us know in a comment below. 

This article was adapted from our Aspire! member newsletter. See all the articles here. 

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