It ‘s that time of the year again, Summer camps! A process that it could be very stressful. With so many options and trying to coordinate camps for all your kids (So you can also have some Mami time or work) it could be overwhelming!
Here are 7 tips on how to choose the right summer camps for your children and teen.
Ideal camps, length, dates, budget, size of camp, gender mix, age range are things you should take in consideration before selecting a camp for your children. Make a list of all this basic factors.
Talk to your kids’ teacher.
Your kids’ teacher spent almost every morning of the past 10 months, so she usually knows best what your children need. Ask her about the topics and subjects your children shows more interest in, that would help you narrow your options and would help you choose the right summer camps for your children and teen.
What if you enroll him in basketball camp and what he really wanted was drawing? That happened to me when I told my 6 year old he was going to basketball camp (I thought the exercise would be good for him) But he said he’s not AT ALL interested on basketball, he prefers dodgeball as a sport and drawing, go figure! That’s why I really recommend to get your children invloved in the decision making, this way; It’s a greater commitment and they can’t blame you for the decision.
Ask parents and campers who have experienced the camp or program you are considering enrolling your children, in some cases directors would be happy to provide a list of families.
I know we want them to be EXHAUSTED! be the end of the night, but when choosing summer camps, balance them; cerebral programs paired with physical activity. As much as children say “I love to play basketball or cook” six, seven, eight weeks of the same routine could change that.
Planning a night camp?
Take advantage of “rookie days/weekends.”
Some camps offer prospective campers the opportunity to experience the camp for a night or weekend. Use this opportunity and plan a family getaway!
Planning camps for teen?
Decide together your goal
What does he and you would like to achieve this summer? Improve an specific skill, experience something new etc..This will really help you choose the right summer camp for your and teen.
This is the most important tip! Summer was invented so we ALL relax and enjoy the sunny days, don’t stress if that specific camp is full and you can’t sign him/her up, look for another option and plan fun activities with your children, go to the beach, take bike rides, plan movie nights at a drive-in, they’re SO MUCH FUN
Do you have any tips on how to choose the right summer camps for your children and teen? Share them in the comment section, we would love to hear from you!