Picking A Summer Camp

New Years Resolution #1 – Send Your Kid to Camp!

Is it really time to start thinking about making summer plans?  For many parents, after a long holiday vacation, planning for the summer is on their mind!  What are your plans for the summer?  Are you going away with your spouse or your family?  Do your children have summer commitments?

These are just a few of the questions that you will need to ask before you start the camp selection process.  Once you have an idea of your schedule, then you can get into the specifics.  There is a camp out there for everybody and to make sure the experience is as successful as possible, you want to make sure you find the right one for your child.

What’s the big deal about summer camp?
Camp is more than just a way to occupy your child for the summer.  In addition to learning new skills or developing existing ones, children have a chance to develop many personal and social skills.  Both day and overnight camps provide children with the opportunity to develops these skills without their parents with them.

Questions for parents to ask themselves:
Are you looking for a Day or Residential Program?
If its a Residential Program, how long would you like to send your child away?
Does your child want a specific “specialty” camp or one that offers a wider range of activities?
How much are you willing to spend?

Questions to ask the camp director:
What staff ratios and how do you screen your staff?
Where do campers come from?
What is are your camp’s values?
What is your camper return rate?
What type of sessions do you offer?

Resources:
There are many ways that you can learn about camps and other summer programs.

ACA(American Camp Association) – http://www.acacamps.org/
Maine Camps – http://mainecamps.org/
Referral Agents – There are many agents that are free to use.
Camppage – http://www.camppage.com/
Google – http://www.google.com – With a few keywords, you can find the camp that fits your needs.

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