When picking a summer camp for kids there are numerous factors that one should consider before settling on one. The age of the child, as well as their interests, dictate which summer camp for kids they will attend. There are different types of camps each offering activities and amenities tailored to meet the needs of a particular group of children. Picking a camp should involve the child to ensure that the camp picked is in tandem with their interests. This is essential to make sure that a child is not taken to a camp full of activities they detest. Some of the factors that one should have in mind when selecting a camp include;
- The credibility of the camp
The number of years that a specific camp has been in operation is among the first factors that one should consider. Other aspects that should be considered include;
- The number of people who attend the camp
- The physical location of the camp
- The background and qualification of the camp’s directors and the staff
- The social media presence of the camp and the content they put up in their pages
- Reviews of the camp from social media platforms and other resources
- Factors that make the camp stand out
- Availability of parent references upon request, among others.
These queries should be posed to self and the camp’s contact person so that an informed decision is made on whether to pick it over the rest or not.
- The registration process
Once a camp has been settled on, the registration process should be initiated. During this process, a parent can be able to gauge the camp’s credibility further by looking at how it is handled and the information to be provided. Since the campsite will be a home for the child for a given period, certain questions such as allergies should be in the registration forms. A camp that lacks such a provision during registration may not be ideal. Other factors that one should have in mind about registration are; when to register, the deadline, prerequisites to enrollment and exceptions on age among others.
- Cost and payment methods
The cost of camping should be within one’s budget range. Before registration inquiries should be made on the pricing and available cashier options. One should ask if the camp offers scholarships or financial aid to children whose parents cannot afford to pay for the total cost of the venture. It is also vital to know if the camp accepts scholarships from external well-wishers and the terms of the same. Essential to inquire is if the charges can be paid in installments; either before the commencement of camping or during and after the camping period is over. This way one can decide if a camp is appropriate for them financially or not.
The child should be provided with adequate security at the campsite which boils down to the number of personnel available around the clock and the ration of children to staff. Apart from supervision, the premises should also be guarded at all times to avoid insecurity cases arising from lack of structures and staff to handle security concerns. Queries on security should be posted during the initial contact with the camp. A visit to the site before the duration of camping is also essential to establish whether it is safe for children or not. The camp should also be listed and certified by relevant authorities and marked safe for children.
After confirming that the camp is appropriate, safe, and affordable; the packing process comes in next. It is vital to inquire with the camp on what they provide for the kids before packing supplies. Camps differ in many ways and there is no standard list of supplies that parents can use. As dictated by the climate of the location of the camp during the day and night, appropriate clothing should be packed. Other necessary supplies include toiletries, medicine (if any), and an emergency kit among others. For children going to specialized centers such as art camp, necessary supplies in this area should be packed if the institution a child is going to does not offer them. Sometimes it is advisable to carry extra supplies even those that are provided since the quality and quantity of the same may not be enough for the child.