Summer is here (well, officially in 2 days it will be here)! It is time to start thinking about how you will keep your active and fun-loving kids occupied for the next 3 months. Many kids enjoy going to camp in the summer. If you live here in NC there are a lot of great summer camps located throughout the state.
There are many different types of camps kids can attend including: arts, music, sports, academic, church, residential, specialty and day camps. Children’s museums, the YMCA, even the NC School of the Arts offer camps with wonderful experiences for children of all ages now! I especially love the camps geared at building confidence in young girls that are available. I wish there were all these different types of camps available when I was a child!
Some things to look for when considering a camp include: a high percentage of returning campers from previous years, a low camper to counselor ratio (10:1), staff trained in CPR, first aid and conflict resolution and low staff turnover. You can also check the BBB and ask friends and family what camps they have had good experiences with.
Money is always an issue in today’s economy but there are several ways you can save on the cost of camp including: registering early, asking about scholarships, financial aid or a sliding scale payment plan. Many camps also offer group discounts. Ask friends, family or see if you church or school would like to put together a large group to attend a specific camp.
If your child hasn’t ever been to camp before or you are worried about sending them away for an extended amount of time, try sending them to a day camp at first. This will help them get used to being away from home during the day, make friends and get comfortable with the counselors. This is a good introduction into the fun and educational environment summer camps offer. You can also go visit the camp with your child so they can know what to expect and meet some of the counselors before attending. Find out if their friends will be attending camp and see if they can go at the same time.
To learn more about the various camps in NC visit – Carolina Summer Camps and check out the links to the camps below:
Have your children attended any of these summer camps? What camps do you recommend? Do you have any great memories of attending summer camps when you were a child? Feel free to comment below!