Summer will be here before you know it and summer camp registration is well underway.
Choosing who will be in charge of enriching your child’s life throughout the summer is a major decision. You want to consider your child’s desires, but it’s also about ensuring your child is in a safe, credible learning environment as well.
So, how do you choose a summer camp for your youngster?
Here are some tips to keep in mind!
1. Take your child’s interests into consideration. Summer is a perfect time to allow your child to explore things he or she is interested in, but doesn’t have the time to really delve into during the year. Things like horse back riding or cooking classes are great summer activities that provide your child with a skill and an experience they may be able to put to use in the future.
2. Consider location and schedule. Just because the kids are on a break doesn’t mean that mom and dad don’t have to work. Make sure the camps you are considering are within a reasonable driving distance from your home or work and will not be inconvenient or difficult to get to on time every morning. Also, look into before and after care in case you need to have your children attended to while you commute back and forth to work.
3. Ask other families for recommendations. You can read glowing reviews on countless websites about how amazing a camp is, but nothing beats word of mouth. Ask your trusted friends and neighbors about camps they’ve tried and what their kids liked or didn’t like about them. Also, think about getting together with a friend so your child has a friendly face to go to camp with every day. Summer is a wonderful time to make new friends, but it’s also fun to spend time with someone you care about too!
4. Don’t forget your budget. Summer camps range in price greatly and, if you are attempting to enroll your child in a variety of them you’ll want be sure you’re not over extending your family financially. It’s especially important if you plan to take a vacation or visit some local attraction during the summer months as well.
5. Don’t go overboard. Summer is about relaxing too! Everyone, particularly kids, wants some down time in the summer to just enjoy the long days and lounge around with friends. Be sure to build some of this into you and your child’s schedules so you have the opportunity to reconnect with each other and friends.
Looking for a summer camp in DC, VA, or MD? Check out our summer camp listings to find one that meets your needs!