Questions to Consider While Choosing the Right Camp for Your Child

August 16, 2016

Selecting a camp that is a fit for your child is not an easy task and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are some questions to ask to get you off on the right foot with selecting a camp for your child.

Summer Day Camp or Overnight Camp?

While searching for the right fit for your child you need to know if you want to send them to a summer day camp or a sleep-away camp. If your child is ready for some independence and is ok with being away from home for a length of time, sleep-away camp might be an option for your child. However, it isn’t the right fit for everyone. Summer day camps allow your child to meet new people, make new friends, and have an awesome summer while staying at home.

What is the camp’s philosophy?

Looking at the camp’s philosophy is extremely important. Your child will be spending a great deal of time at camp so you want to make sure that the camp’s philosophy matches with your family’s philosophy.

What programs and activities does the camp offer?

Choosing the right summer camp for your child means that you need to do research into the programs and activities the camp offers. Choose a camp that aligns with your child’s passions and interests. This will make the summer more enjoyable for your child.

What kind of safety procedures are in place to offer the safest environment for children?

You want to choose a summer camp that has the safest environment possible for children. You may want to ask the camp director what kind of training the staff has in emergency situations. If your child has any food allergies, ask how the camp will ensure your child’s safety especially if they provide food.

Does the camp fit in your budget?

Sending your child to summer camp comes with a price tag. It’s important to know what your family budget is while narrowing down the best summer camps for your child. Start your research for summer camps early because some summer camps may provide a discount for registering early, payment plans, or discounts for enrolling more than one child.

Extra tip: Make sure you include your child when choosing the right summer camp for them.

Spring Lake Day Camp is a family owned and operated camp that offers activities for everyone: sports, visual and performing arts, outdoor adventure, and science/ecology. SLDC focuses on sportsmanship, leadership, determination, and cooperation; has an onsite health facility with registered nurses and a nut aware policy to ensure the safety of every camper.