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03.06.2019

5 things to consider When Choosing A Summer Camp for Your Children!

5 things to consider When Choosing A Summer Camp for Your Children!

 

Summer is here, and like most parents, you want to keep your children entertained while on vacation. A day summer camp is one way to achieve that. The right one will ensure that your children get new and exciting experiences. Furthermore, it is a great social environment for them as they get to interact with other children away from video games.

However, selecting a summer camp is not easy considering the availability of a variety of programs and different settings. To make it easier for you, here is a list of things to consider when choosing a day summer camp for your children.


Tip #1: Ask Around Before You Decide

 

One of the best ways to choose a summer camp is through referrals. Ask your relatives and friends about some camps that their children have attended. When you get firsthand information, you can make an informed decision.


Tip #2: Enquire About the Camp’s Activities

 

This will ensure that you will pick a camp your children will enjoy. This will also give you an idea about what to expect and what kind of precautions might be needed. Suppose there are swimming or tennis lessons. Will such activities require extra funding that will put a strain on your budget? And, if there is a lot of outdoor activities like biking and hiking, think about sunscreen, caps and hydration.


Tip #3: Consider Your Own Schedule

 

Pay attention to the camp’s duration. If there’s a gap between its end and the start of the school year, you may want to plan your vacation time accordingly.

Also, if you work long hours, consider where your children will go when their day ends while you’re still at the office; which brings us to Tip #4


Tip #4: Assess Location and Transportation

 

The camp’s location is crucial for a number of reasons. Your children need to relax during summer. You don’t want them to spend half the day commuting. And, if after camp, they will not go straight home, but instead, say to their grandparents’, the camp will ideally be half way between the two locations.

Transportation is also very important. Are camp buses available, or will this be your responsibility? In the latter case, how will that affect your arrangements and schedule in light of the above?


Tip #5: Ask about Health and Safety measures

 

Enquire about emergency plans and first aid training of instructors, and the proximity of medical facilities. And most importantly, make sure that there is an insurance policy in place, with sufficient cover from a reputable company. In case of injury, it is crucial that immediate action is taken without wasting time worrying about medical expenses. 

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