to find the best overnight summer camp for your child? Plan ahead!
Camping is a fantastic way to spend the summer. Kids have a lot of fun,
and get to spend time away from their parents.
in turn, see the positive influence that camps usually have on
their children in terms of both emotional and physical development,
together with an increase in self-esteem and marked improvement
in social skills.
How to choose a summer camp? First
think about your child's age, interests (sports nut or computer
nerd?) and overall fitness when it comes to choosing the right
summer camp. If you happen to be raising a brainiac, an educational camp may be the best option.
In addition to emotional and physical
development, summer camp helps kids
improve social skills and self-esteem.
the perfect match takes time and research to strike the
right balance between budget concerns and quality of the
summer camp you'll be sending your child to for 1-4 weeks at a
their stay, children should be safe, happy, and have the opportunity
to learn new skills. While shopping around for the best summer camp for
your child, note that ACA
guidelines for summer camps call for a 1:6 counselor ratio
for children ages 7-8, 1:8 for ages 9-14; and 1:10 for ages 15-18.
Typically, summer camp counselors should be 16 (for younger kids)
and 18 or older to supervise teens. They also should have at least
basic training in first-aid, and screened for background
record checks before they are hired on as camp counselors.
inquire about bus inspections (and safety records of bus drivers)
if there are day trips planned while your child attends summer
be afraid to ask for references. Ideally, face-to-face meetings
with parents AND their kids will give you a clearer picture of
the camps safety record and how well other children have enjoyed
their stay there.
summer camps around the Web:
the Web, find traditional, sports, and specialty camps and travel
adventures for both kids and adults in our guide to summer camps
and campsites worldwide.
resource, and the oldest online - serving the needs of kids, parents,
camp directors and staff with thoughtful advice and a searchable
directory of camps and travel adventures for kids worldwide.
Camping Association- This site gets
extra points for outstanding design, and information on 2,000
+ ACA accredited kids' camps nationwide.
on Children's Asthma Camps - Summer camp can be a
nightmare for kids with severe allergies and asthma. This
group provides access to camps in the United States that combine
managing asthma with summer fun. Good resources and information
supplement the camping directory.
Summer Camps - A
major directory searchable via a dropdown menu, a clickable national
map, or by categories including boys', girls', co-ed, wilderness
adventures, as well as a link to summer jobs.
indeed, "should kids have all the fun?" with links to
adult sports camps, wilderness and adventure, art programs, spas,
special interest, family camps and more.