The best way to learn about the camps that your child will be interested in is by talking to friends, check for advertisements in your local newspapers and search the internet to see what is available in your area. Choose 3 or 4 camps that might interest your child and then call to arrange a visit.
Questions To Ask:
Is your child ready for camp? If your child still cries or behaves poorly when separated from you, or they tell you they do not want to go, they probably are not ready. Try to find out why your child doesn’t want to go. If it is something minor you might be able to change their mind.
What does your child want from camp? Consider your child’s personality and what hobbies/interest your child has. Find a camp that will satisfy his interests, as well as what you would like your child to experience at the camp.
How long should your child stay? Pick the longest time that you can afford. A child adjusts better and learns more the longer they are in the camp environment.
Should your child go to camp with their friends or alone? If you are considering sending your child with a friend, make sure both of them have the same interests and that you and the other child’s parents have the same want for the children. If your child wants to go alone, let them. One of the wonderful experiences camp provides is the opportunity to make new friends.
It is very important to talk to the camp directors before choosing the camp and enrolling your child into the program. Eliminate a camp if any answers don’t make sense to you or you are just uncomfortable with the directors.
Find out what kinds of programs are available. Parents who want their kids to have a fun, relaxing summer may prefer a recreational program. Those who want their children to learn something they can’t during the winter may prefer an instructional program.
Find out what a typical day is like. Have a director explain the entire day to day activities. Is the instruction private or in groups, which activities are required and which are elective.
The most important thing to ask is safety. Is there enough counselors and other adults to keep watch on all the children? Do they know CPR and basic first aid?
Camp experience is generally a great way for your child to enjoy their summer and build new skills and wonderful memories.