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The last day of school is still weeks away, but it’s already time to start thinking about summer camps for your child. There are a number of choices available, including some for children with special needs.
It helps to plan ahead if you want to find the right camp for your child.
First, you need to decide whether to send your child to a day camp or a traditional camp with overnight stays. Younger children may not be ready to spend all day and night away from home.
You must also figure out what type of camp you’re looking for. Some camps teach new skills, while others focus on the development of special interests. Some are co-ed and involve both adults and children, while others are limited. Some are structured, and others are set by the pace of the attendees. Ask yourself what you want your child to take away from the camp experience?
Cost is another consideration. Traditional camps typically cost more than day camps, and some camps may have additional fees for items like uniforms and off-site trips. Town camps often offer the best value, and scout camps frequently offer discounts to troop members.
After you have narrowed down your camp choices, arrange to visit one or two so you can talk with the people responsible for the camp. How long has the director been running the camp? Are they on-site or just check in once in a while? What kind of facilities does the camp offer? What is the camper-to-counselor ratio? What kind of training does the staff receive? What kind of instruction do the campers receive? What arrangements are made to ensure campers’ safety in an emergency (medical or dangerous weather)? For overnight camps, are trial stays available for a day of two? What are the sleeping arrangements like? What kind of food is served? Ask for references and don’t be afraid to check them out.
Summer camp can allow your child the opportunity to learn new skills and try new things. The Capital District Parent Pages camp listings here have plenty of variety for every camper’s interest. With all of those options, you are bound to find the perfect fit for your child.