There are so many ways keep your children occupied even during vacations. Keeping them busy all summer is one of the most important things a working parent should think about. Many parents consider caregivers to manage work and family demands. But I would suggest that you enroll your kids to a summer camp available in your community or if you are living in an apartment, ask your Apartment Owners Association for any organized summer camp for the children in the apartment. There are different kinds of summer camps available, from day camps to month long summer camps.

Summer Camps are a great way to teach your children to build within themselves the value of independence and self-esteem by helping them learn new things through outdoor activities. Deciding on the right summer camp is very important. It is not just about your financial capabilities and convenience. Keep in mind that summer camps are also a form of vacation; it can be an experience that can teach your kids values and skills.

First and foremost, find time to sit down with your kids and decide together whether to go to a day or overnight camp. Explain to them the differences of each camp. This discussion can also help you in knowing your kids likes and dislikes. Ask them about their interests, expectations and the things they want to explore. Always incorporate the kind of activities your kids wants when choosing a camp. And most importantly, don’t force your kids to join the camp if they’re not interested.

After listing your goals, it’s time to research for the perfect summer camps in your area that can meet your expectations. Summer camps now focus on different areas such as: Hobby classes, Adventure camp, Camp for nature and outdoor awareness, Arts and crafts, Cooking classes or Computer courses, just to name a few. Below are some important things you should consider before choosing the camp:

Size of the camp (ratio of staff members)

It would be advisable to have the appropriate staff-to-child ratio for every age group:
a. 4 to 5 years old – 1:5 ( one staff member in every five campers)
b. 6 to 8 years old – 1:6
c. 9 to 14 years old – 1:8
d. 15 to 17 years old – 1:10

List of activities

Age of kids

How close to your home is the camp

The expenditures and discounts offered if any

Camp’s objectives

Safety and emergency plans

You can also ask questions of the camp director or counselors about certain topics such as: how long it’s been operating, the kind of license it has, how does the camp recruit trainers, do trainers have first-aid/CPR training, who will be driving the kids during field trips, camp duration, and day or overnight camp.

After examining all of these camps, you can begin choosing at least three camps that you think would be best for this summer. You and your kids can slowly narrow down the list while discussing this over a cup of coffee or tea. Choose one that you and your kids have decided upon. One that will bring fun filled memories and new learning to them.

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