You just got home from a Camp Fair and you’re sifting through a stack of brochures filled with pictures of smiling children playing outside. It seems like many camps meet your standards for safety, trains their counselors well, and can accommodate specific needs for your child.
But one of the most important questions remains: what’s a day at camp like? Since programming and activities are the main things that separate one camp from another, it’s useful to start off by thinking about how your child would enjoy spending their summer days. Take some time to talk as a family about what you want camp to be like, and what your child would like to learn and experience. Do they want to discover a new hobby? Make favorite art projects? Use their imagination? Starting with clear expectations can help shape your search for a camp, and make sure you find the best fit.
There are a plethora of camps out there, and each one is a little different from the next. This variety of options often thrills kids, but overwhelms their parents. When researching camps, it’s helpful to ask the director and staff specific questions about their programming. Your family can know what to expect, and programming often gives a clue to the mission, values, and philosophy guiding each camp.