If you’re thinking about your kid attending summer camp, that’s great news. Kids summer camps can be one of the best experiences of their young lives and expose them to a life-long love for something they would have never encountered otherwise. They can also make friends with kids that they wouldn’t have met unless you got them out of their comfort zone by signing them up for a great summer camp. There are as many camps as there are popular interests among children. The kinds of camps where your kid can concentrate on a particular skill or talent are as numerous as the overnight, outdoor camps where they can learn about wildlife, survival and what living life off of the grid as all about. There are some important questions that you should ask yourself, some of which should require some dialogue with your kid, before you start to look into what kind of camp you want them to attend, and one that they themselves want to attend as well. This should be a mutual decision if you’re looking for the best possible results, but then again, you know what’s best for your kid and can make an executive decision no matter how they feel about it.
- How does your kid feel about the idea of being away from home at a summer camp for kids? If your child hasn’t spent a lot of time away from home, they could easily get homesick and although it’s something that a lot of us will eventually feel at some point in our lives, sending them off to camp before they are ready might not be the best way to go about it. You may already know that they are or aren’t ready for it but either way, it can’t hurt to have a conversation with them about it and listen to their feelings regarding the matter. Some kids can’t wait for their first slumber party and others are a little apprehensive about packing up a sleeping bag and their night kit and being away from home for even just a night. Their reaction to this kind of situation is something that only you know about and could be very telling in how you believe that they will adjust to an overnight summer camp situation. Keep in mind, there are day camps that you can look into and talk to them about as well. They might be more comfortable with a day camp if they are sensitive to unfamiliar territory. It’s up to you whether you believe it’s a good idea to just throw them in head first, or to let them get their feet wet initially. It’s just important to know that there is an option because if your kid isn’t ready to go away for a week or more, you can still give them a summer camp experience and drop them off and pick them up every day while you do it.
- What are you looking to expose your child to? This question has a lot to do with what your intentions are for your child, in terms of whether you’re thinking about a summer camp that focuses specifically on a talent or skill of theirs, or one where they’ll encounter things that they have never seen or interacted with before. There are chess camps for kids who are particularly good at chess and want to get better and learn from instructors and coaches who can help them improve their games. The same goes for sports like the traditionally popular soccer, football, baseball or basketball camps, or alternative sports like lacrosse, archery, skateboarding or snowboarding. There are camps that focus directly on all of these different sports and depending on how serious you and your kid are about them, they are all very real options that a kid can have a great experience with. There are many outdoor camps that are especially popular among parents who have chosen to raise their kids in a suburb or city and want their kids to have a fun, nature experience in a mountainous region somewhere as well.
Many times, a parent is just looking for a good way to get their kids to expand their horizons and form some interests different from the ones they are already have. And other times, let’s just be honest, it’s nice to get a break from your kids whether it’s for a decent part of the summer or eight or nine hours a day while they are at a day camp. Whatever the case may be, it’s something that is worth taking a serious look into because you never know how positively your kid may respond to it.