Courtney is returning to Marple for her fourth summer. She will be returning to Millersville University in the fall to finish up her degree, student teaching, with a dual major in Early Childhood and Special Education. At Millersville, Courtney is involved in Study Buddies, where she tutors children in Lan...
Choosing a summer camp for your child is not an easy decision.
Points to Consider
Your child’s interest in/readiness for camp – Camp should be fun, and sending a child before he or she is ready could spoil the experience for years to come. Determine if your child is ready before sending them.
Benefits of a summer camp experience – Camp is supposed to be all about having fun. Your child has enough stimulation during the school year. Don’t worry about educating your child, but keep the main focus on finding a place where they are comfortable and keep them having fun.
Your need for child care. – If you need child care during the summer, camp can be a great solution, but it is not the only summer child care option. If you already have a caregiver, but want your child to have a summer camp experience consider sending your child to camp when your caregiver is on vacation.
Convenience of transporting children to camp – Transporting kids to and from day camp can put you back on the commuter track, something you’re trying to avoid by working at home. Consider how much time transportation to camp takes out of your work day. Find a summer camp that is convenient.
Summer vacation schedule Sometimes camp doesn’t fit in with all the other things you may have planned for the summer. Camp can be a great experience but school-age children may need a break after a highly scheduled school year. If it doesn’t fit in, don’t force it.