Choosing the right camp for your child

Even though it’s cold and blustery outside, now is the perfect time to begin planning for summer activities.  What’s at the top of the list to consider?  CAMP!

There are many factors to consider when considering a summer camp “home” for your child.  Here’s some important questions to ask:

       *What sort of professional affiliations is it a part of?  The American Camping Association (ACA) has strict accreditation standards for its members and even a search engine on its website to suggest a camp.   

  *What’s the history?  How long has this camp and its present leadership been around?

       *What is the camper to staff ratio?  How are the counselors trained?

       *What are my child’s interests?  Do they offer classes/programs that would spark curiosity and independence?

       *What is their philosophy or what do they value?  How is that implemented in the program?

       *Can I speak to someone in my area whose child has attended this camp? What are some of the best/worst things they have experienced?

These are just a few questions to get you started in your research.

Here are a few suggestions of helpful articles to check out:

       ACA website – Click Campers and Families then go to News and Resources.  They are links to many current articles. – “How to Pick the Right Summer Camp for Kids”

       U.S. News & World Report – “Choosing a Summer Camp for your K-8 Child”

Remember to give your child some ownership in this decision making process and include them as you are doing research.

Summer camp can be a life altering experience for many children.  By doing your research and carefully weighing your options, you can begin a path that will stimulate your child’s growth and development for many years to come.

We’d love to talk to you about how “The Heart” could fit into your child’s summer plans.  Let’s chat!


About the author: Cindy Stacy Janke comes from a family who owned and operated summer camps in the Texas Hill Country.  She is thrilled to pass on her love for camp to new generations.




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