By Jodie Lynn
If you are considering a day camp for your child or children, use these pointers in making a successful adventure:
Talk to your child about what kind of a camp they are interested in and pick up brochures.
Ask the facility for references and call parents. This will provide you with firsthand parent to parent information.
Plan a visit. Even though it is only day camp, there is no reason you and your child cannot go to visit before it begins. Visiting the site can also give your child a jump-start with familiarizing his expectations of where it is located and how far it is from home.
Write down questions about camp policies. Ask specific questions that would directly affect your child. For example, if it is a mostly outside day camp, what will they do if it is too hot or if it rains? How many kids are in each group? Is the groups' age appropriate? Are there water fountains available throughout the facility and in the outside areas? Will they notify you should your child become sick? Is there a nurse on hand during the regular hours of the camp?
Inquire if there are any extra materials or paraphernalia that your child will need before starting the camp. For example, is your child required to bring in their own supplies for specific sessions or does the camp provide everything that is needed?
Be sure to ask who runs the camp sessions. If it is mainly teens, your decision may need to be based on this. Some parents do not like the idea of every class being led by a teen. This also depends on what kind of a camp it is.
Invite a friend. Let your child invite a friend to camp with them. Be sure it is someone you know that they get along with in these types of situations. Things are always easier to handle if a friend comes along.
Consider all of the different kinds of day camps before you make a decision. Some to consider are:
There are many camps that can fall under these main headings. Just remember, if you child says that he is not ready, skip it and maybe try again next year.
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