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Are you thinking summer camps?

Yes, we know it’s still cold outside, but the warmth will be here soon! And with summer comes the question, what will we do with the kids? You’re still headed to work each morning and leaving the kids in front of the television all day is not number one on your list of things you’re okay with. So, now is the time to start looking into summer camps and getting ready to sign your kids up! First there are a few things that you should take into consideration:

1. What are your little ones interested in?

You don’t want to send them to a camp that has a concentration in something they dislike. If they enjoy banging your pots, try sending them to a music camp. If your walls are covered in crayon, an art camp is your best bet. Take a moment to really talk to them and ask them what they enjoy. They will have so much more fun if they’re doing something they truly enjoy.

2. What kind of camp is it?

Is it just a day camp or a sleep-away camp? For the younger ones a day camp is a better choice. Not only are they not ready to be away from home for an extended period, but I’m sure you aren’t ready to let them go that much either. A day camp also allows you to hear all about their exciting day when it’s time for them to come home. A sleep-away camp is best for older children. It’s a new adventure for them and starts them on their way to independence and lets them meet and befriend new people.

3. How long does the camp last?

You should see if the camp only lasts a couple weeks or if it lasts for the entire summer. This can help you decide whether you want to sign your kids up for a second camp or just let them get comfortable in the same one.

4. How far away is the camp?

Do you want to keep your kids close by or do you want to send them away to experience some place new. Day camps should be pretty close to home or even on your way home from work to make it easy for you to pick them up at the end of the day. Sleep-away camps can be anywhere you choose from 30 minutes away to across the country (even better if you have family in that part of the country). You could also ask your child where they want to go and then build on that.

5. What do you need to bring to camp?

Once you have chosen a camp, what supplies will the need to bring with them? Day camps usually have simple supplies much like school, such as: crayons, markers, pencils, paper, glue, etc. Sleep-away camps can have much bigger supplies, such as: bedding, food, different types of clothing and other things of that nature.

6. Does your child have special considerations?

If your child has allergies, asthma, diabetes or any other possible illness, these are things that you need to inform all of the camp leaders and counselors of. They will have the task of taking care of your child while you’re away and they need to know these things to ensure a happy, healthy time at camp.

 

Make sure you check back here on Thursday for a list of different camps to consider!

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