Posted by: Ofer Aronskind | March 10, 2014

Best Summer Camp for your Child

This guest post was written by Lance Williams



Lance Williams is what some might call H.A.D.D. (Hobby Attention Deficit Disorder) He loves everything from rock climbing and snowboarding to building websites and reading books. He has dreams of becoming a Las Vegas Bankruptcy Attorney.

Sending your child or children away to summer camp can be worrisome, making the right decision about what camp to select will make all the difference in your level of concern while they are away. Make sure to do the appropriate research to assure that you are making the right choice for you and your child(ren). Here are some guidelines to follow as you search for the perfect place for your children to make a summer full of memories. Due to time constraints at your job, for instance if you are an attorney, most of this research can be done by an assistant.


Ask for the experience and credentials for all those that manage and instruct at the camp. Along with this you will want to know how long they have been in business and what their mission statement is. Some summer camps have a specific theme. It will be important to know if this theme fits in with your lifestyle and standards.


Begin with friends and family who may have sent their children to summer camp and ask if they were happy with their experience, if so inquire if they would recommend attending again. Once you have narrowed down your search to two or three camps, consult with the advisors and ask to speak to former families who have attended. If you can speak to someone who has attended in the last year it would be best. Find out what they liked about their experience and what they didn’t.


Do you prefer a camp that is close to your home or would you rather have your child(ren) experience a different geographic location? The location you decide on will have an impact on the price you pay for travel so it is helpful to determine your budget before determining the location.


When comparing camps, look at a spreadsheet of the activities offered at each one. You may be paying more at a camp that offers activities that better suit your needs, so spending the extra money will be worth it. On the other hand if money is tight you may opt for the least expensive route.

Special Needs

Does your child have special needs that need to be considered? Will the staff have adequate training to deal with these special needs? Will you need to travel to camp from time to time to meet these needs? All of these questions are important to bring up with the counselors and other advisors that you meet with before making a decision.

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