10 Tips to Choose the Perfect Summer Camp or Vacation
January 9, 2006
Tips for Camping
Choosing the perfect children’s summer camp causes busy parents
As the wife of a
pediatrician and mother of eight kids—four of them adopted and
several with ADHD—I founded Best-Summer-Camps.com to make choosing
the perfect camp as enjoyable as eating S’mores.
provided our kids with confidence, lasting memories and experiences
they can't always get with a gaggle of brothers and sisters around.
We have attended over sixty different camps, consulted with hundreds
of parents and spent thousands of hours researching programs to
create this list.
1. OPEN AND
HONEST. The Camp Director should personally answer all your
questions. You are entrusting them with your most valuable
PERSONALIZED. Camp leaders should know your child inside and out
BEFORE he or she gets to Camp, and design the camp experience to
meet your child’s needs.
3. SMALL. Many
of our kids—especially shy ones or kids with ADHD—get lost in large
groups, but feel more connected with 15 or fewer children.
CONFIDENCE. The best summer camps will provide opportunities for
children to show off their strengths and reinforce their gifts and
TIME. In addition to building confidence and addressing specific
issues, personal one-on-one care will make your child feel more
ACTIVITIES. Kids’ summer camps should provide memorable, hands-on
lessons and purposeful activities to build different strengths and
challenge your child.
7. DOWN TIME.
Make sure your Camp provides opportunities not only for energetic
activity, but contemplation and reflection. Most kids need “down
CAMPS. The most innovative programs build confidence and foster
friendships through specialty camps for kids who share passions for
science, building, art, drama, music, writing, sports and many more.
FOOD. Balance those S’mores and brownies with fruit, water and
some nutritious meals throughout the week.
Camp leaders should have special insight after spending a week with
your child. Take advantage of this insight after you pick your child
up from Camp.
If your Camp
achieves all of the above, then you will see significant growth in
your child. What is such transformation worth to you? Follow these
10 Tips and you’ll find the perfect children’s summer camp for your
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By Sara Patterson
Sara Patterson and husband Scott, a pediatrician, are parents of eight children and self-described “Camp-A-Holics.” They founded Best-Summer-Camps.com to provide busy parents with free tips and advice to choose the perfect summer camps. Sara Patterson can be reached at TheBestCamps@aol.com.