Summer is fast approaching and already we can hear the kids asking “What are we doing this summer”?
Summer camps can be loads of fun especially when there are tons to chose from. I am from North Carolina so I will be listing the Summer Camps in my area/state and encourage those that are not in my state to Google your state to see what Summer Camps are available in your state.
How can parents prepare their children for attending their first summer camp?
- Day camps are more fun when children know at least one other camper who will be attending. Don't assume that they will be in the same group, let the camp director know your preferences when you initially register your child.
- If a camp facility is open when you register for camp, take a tour. If not, take a virtual tour of the facility through looking on their website. The more familiar your child is with the environment, the less overwhelming he/she will feel.
- Watch videos and look at photos of other campers having fun at camp. Look on the camp website and Google the camp name for additional postings.
- Print out the camp schedule for your child to read about a typical day at camp---from the meals, free time, activities, to the bedtime routines.
- For residential camps, make sure that this isn't the first time your child will be sleeping away from home. Let them practice overcoming their separation anxiety with a couple of sleep-overs with friends or family before going to a residential camp. Write a letter (or email) to the camp director with any questions.
How do parents find is a summer camp has had any complaints filed against them?
- Look up the camp on the Better Business Bureau for any grievances. (BBB.org)
- Ask your friends through social media (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) if they have had any positive or negative experiences with the camp. Your friends will tell you!
When should teens start sending in their resumes to camp directors for summer jobs?
NOW. Don't wait. With the high levels of unemployment, there will be a tremendous competition for jobs. Send follow-up emails and make phone calls to show your interest. Camp Directors want fun camp counselors who campers will enjoy being around, while also respecting and obeying them. The more experience you have working with kids, the better. Volunteer with your local schools, YMCA, churches, scouts, and other civic organizations to build your experience levels.
What qualities should parents look for in a great summer camp?
- A high percentage of returning campers shows that the campers had fun last year.
- A low camper-to-counselor ratio. 10:1 is good. 5:1 is great!
- Staff trained in CPR, first aid skills, and conflict resolution techniques.
- Low staff-turnover shows good experience.
- First, consult with your child's pediatrician before ever deciding to stop treating your child with any medication.
- Most children with allergy, asthma, diabetes, attention and impulsivity conditions are not "healed" during the summer months. Many times it can be worse with the heat, additional exercise, and being outside. Children with medical issues usually need special treatment to help them enjoy their summer camp experience the most.
- For children who take medication for their attention or impulsivity, it can be especially hard for them to listen to instructions, get along with peers, and control their impulses when they are not on medication.
Lots to do in our state. I pray that your summer is filled with many blessings and memories!
Would love to hear what camp you attended or plan on attending!
Serving Him Boldly,