Summer will be here before you know it, which means summer camps.
But how do you choose the right camp for your child?
Let’s look at some things you should consider when choosing a camp to ensure your child has a safe, enjoyable experience.
What Type of Camp is Right for My Child?
There are several kinds of camps: day camps, resident camps, and special interest camps. When trying to decide which one is right for your child, consider his or her personality. Would your child be more comfortable coming home at night or staying overnight? If your child has an interest in a particular activity, maybe a specialty camp would be the best choice.
If you’re still not sure which type of camp to choose, talk to your child. Most kids will tell you right away if they want to go to a particular type of camp; in fact, they might want to go to a camp where their friends are going.
We want our children to have fun while away, but sometime things happen. Your child may get sick or be injured. Make sure the camps you consider have a communication plan in place in the event they need to contact you about your child.
All camps should have well-trained staff members, and every parent should ask about their training before signing up their child. Ask if everyone on the staff has had CPR and safety training. Ask about what other training they receive and what qualifications they have to have. Some camps hire staff members with backgrounds in child development; others look for previous camp experience. Make sure you ask if the camp screens people before they are hired.
Ask the camp for references. This is an easy way for parents to find out about a camp’s service record and reputation. It is also a great way to find out if other children liked the camp.
If you still aren’t sure, ask friends and family. Many will have gone to camp, sent their children to camp, or heard about camps in your area that you may want to consider. Friends and family will also give you an honest opinion, which is invaluable when choosing a camp for your child.
This information can help you determine which camp is right for your child. And if you are looking for a summer camp in the Middle Tennessee area, check out Nashville Life’s summer camp directories to help you find and decide on a camp for your child. Additionally, Williamson Parent magazine has a complete guide to Summer Camps in the February issue, and the American Camp Association’s (ACA) Find a Camp database provides information on ACA-accredited camps.