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Day Camps in Summer for Young Children

You might have entertained the idea of sending your young child to summer camp but don't know where to start. Choosing a camp isn't all that difficult and it's a great way for your child to continue learning and build social skills, even after school lets out.

Where Do I Start with Summer Camp?

When looking for camps you want to consider not only your child's interests but also the location of the camp. If your child is around 5 years old and they've never been far from home, you want to stay away from overnight camps. You can save overnight camps for when your child gets a little older and stick to day camps at this age, besides they're perfect while you're at work. Oftentimes the school your child attends will offer a wide range of summer camps.

Types of Day Camps and the Benefits offered:

  • Sports camps: Name a sport and there's probably a camp for it somewhere nearby. Whether your child longs to be a swimmer, BMX-er or a basketball star, there's a camp for that. Usually sports camps are taught by a professional athlete or coach, therefore your child is given the opportunity to learn the sport from the best in the business. Additionally, children will get to form bonds with other children they will probably play with or against in the future.
  • Scouts camps: Scouting camps have been trusted by parents for over 100 years and teach the fundamentals of learning and growing. Children can enjoy horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts and even themed summer camps like wilderness survival. Even if your child isn't a Boy Scout or Girl Scout they may be able to attend.
  • Technology camps: Technology camps can give your child hands-on training with computers, photography, games, etc. Most technology camps give outside breaks for children so they can still get in some physical exercise.
  • Special needs camps: Children with special needs often look forward to camp every year because it gives them the opportunity to relate and spend time with people who know exactly what they're going through. Many camps provide your child with a one-on-one counselor and have a fully equipped medical staff. There are a wide variety of special needs camps that cover almost every aliment, disease or disability.

If you decide summer camp is the right choice for your child, pick up a couple brochures of several different programs they might be interested in. Together you can go over daily activities and the skills learned at a specific camp. From there, make a collective decision on a camp that is sure to make both of you happy.