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How to Choose a Summer Camp




With thousands to choose from selecting a summer camp can be a rough task. This guide helps turn the process from a chore into family fun.

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Choosing a summer camp can seem like a daunting task. There are literally thousands to choose from, and even when the programs appear similar, each camp has its own personality. Throughout the process you should keep in mind that trying to find the absolute “perfect camp” can cause great anxiety and ultimately be counterproductive. Most camps are run by seasoned professionals that know how to provide an enjoyable and enriching experience for children.

Instead of the often followed route of looking at hundreds of camps, requesting detailed information on as many as possible, and trying to wade through it all in the search of perfection, we recommend a systematic approach:

1) Start with an evaluation of your child's needs and your family's requirements

2) Create a short list of only 3 or 4 camps that meet these criteria

3) Look for reasons to exclude each camp from your short list. Request brochure's from each of the selected camps AND speak to their staff. Visit the camp if at all possible. If you find any reasons the camp does not fit your family, drop it and add the reasons to your requirements in step 1.

4) Of the remaining camps that meet all of your requirements, choose the one that feels best. If all camps were dropped, go back to step 2 and select 3-4 new camps with your revised requirements list.

As you are probably beginning to see, the focus should always be on your family's requirements NOT what the camps are offering.

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