As summer vacation approaches, many parents are searching for a good summer camp for their children. First, you must decide if you and your child are ready for an overnight camp or just a day camp nearby. And, then, what type of a camp should you send them to.
It is recommended that children under 12 years should not attend an overnight camp away from home. I fully agree with that. We sent our older son Zachary to an overnight camp at the age of 8 for 2 weeks. His father and I thought he was mature and independent enough to enjoy it. He told us that he did enjoy it, but did not want to attend an overnight camp again. Of concern to us was the bullying stories he told us about after the camp concluded. He certainly had some adjustment issues being so young.
In regard to a day camp, I encourage parents to spend time investigating the camp and its counselors and supervisors. Also, speak with other parents and get their recommendations.
Importantly, visit the camp location. Find out what is on the daily schedule. Just do not put your children in a day camp because they need a babysitter. Look for camps that will accentuate your children’s gifts and talents. Zachary is very athletic, so we often put him in a sports camp. Our youngest son James is artistic, so we tried to put him in a camp that would help him develop that gift.
Take the time to research and investigate what is the best camp for each of your children. You will be happy that you did.