can parents save money when enrolling their child in a summer camp?
#1 Register early to take full advantage of all early-bird discounts!
#2 Ask friends of your child(ren) to register together for a group
#3 Offer to volunteer at camp for a reduced price or for free
#4 ASK if they have scholarships, financial aid or a sliding
can parents prepare their children for attending their first summer
camps are more fun when children know
at least one other camper who
will be attending. Don't assume that they will be in the same group,
let the camp director know your preferences when you initially register
2) If a camp facility is open when you register for camp, take a tour.
If not, take a virtual tour of the facility through looking on their
The more familiar your child is with the environment, the less
he/she will feel.
3) Watch videos and look at photos of other campers having fun at camp.
Look on the camp website and Google the camp name for additional
4) Print out the camp schedule for your child to read about a typical
day at camp---from the meals, free time, activities, to the bedtime
5) For residential camps, make sure that this isn't the first time your
child will be sleeping away from home. Let them practice overcoming
their separation anxiety with a couple of sleep-overs with friends or
family before going to a residential camp. Write a letter (or email) to
the camp director with any questions.
should teens start sending in their resumes to camp directors for
Directors accept resumes throughout
the year. From Januray through March is when most interview and hire
the majority of their summer staff. With the high levels of
unemployment, there will be a
tremendous competition for jobs. Send
follow-up emails and make phone calls to show your interest.
fun camp counselors who campers will enjoy being around, while also
respecting and obeying them. The more experience you have
working with kids,
the better. Volunteer with your local schools, YMCA, churches, scouts,
and other civic organizations to build your experience levels.
qualities should parents look for in a great summer camp?
high percentage of returning campers shows that the campers had fun
low camper-to-counselor ratio. 10:1 is good. 5:1 is great!
trained in CPR, first aid skills, and conflict resolution techniques.
Low staff-turnover shows good experience.
special tips are advised for sleep-away camps?
Kids love receiving notes, money and care packages--even if
they don't tell you.
Having a friend who is going along can make the camp experience more
Share any concerns you have with the Camp Director, but let them deal
with any discipline problems. Don't be a "helicopter parent" who flies
to resolve problems and hovers to micromanage the details.
my child takes medication during the school year, should he
take it for camp?
First, consult with your child's pediatrician before ever deciding to
treating your child with any medication.
Most children with allergy, asthma, diabetes, attention and impulsivity
conditions are not "healed" during the summer months. Many times it can
be worse with the heat, additional exercise, and being outside.
Children with medical issues usually need
special treatment to help them enjoy
their summer camp experience the most.
For children who take medication
for their attention or impulsivity, it can be especially hard for them
to listen to instructions, get along with peers, and control their
impulses when they are not on medication.
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Is it better to advertise on national or state-wide websites?
marketing definitely has its advantages--especially when you
are trying to draw campers from outside your state.
Websites like ACAcamps.org
provide adequate national summer camp options. Since the overwhelming
majority of campers travel less than 3 hours to attend a summer camp,
most camps do their best marketing when they focus on campers within
is designed to help parents find the summer camps in their own regions
which are convenient and up-to-date. Parents are able to find Arts,
Sports, Academic and Specialty camps located in their city.