2. Full-day camp might not mean what you think it means—unless you happen to consider 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as a full day. My husband and I both work full-time, so I happen to think full-day camp should go at least until 4.
3. Your child’s future is not defined by the camp you choose. Would I like my son to be an astronaut? If that is what he wants, sure. Would I like him to be able to survive in the wild? Um…I guess? Do I think he can benefit from a Minecraft camp? Hmm. Basically I’m looking for a place where our children will be safe, have a good time, interact with kind people, and get some exercise. If they happen to speak another language or be able to write computer programs at the end of the summer, great. But mostly I want them to enjoy their summer.
If that means building with Legos or learning to juggle or painting or playing soccer all summer, fantastic. I am trying to find camps that sound like things they will enjoy. And I sat down and talked to them about their hopes for the summer even before I started filling out forms. We may not be able to build their dream summer, especially if that involves getting a dog, playing video games around the clock, and moving to the beach, but we can make it fun.
The bottom line is that searching for summer camps is a bit daunting. But in the end I know we will be happy we put the time into making summer as great an experience for our children as it can be—while still making it possible for us to pay for groceries.
What do you look for in a summer camp experience? Do you have a favorite you have found?