With such a strong history of summer camps across the United States, we are lucky enough to have hundreds of camps where kids can trade in their iPhones for nature, take a break from the stress of school, and gain an incredible amount of independence. Yet with so many camps to choose from, how do you even begin to narrow down your options? Here are some tips that will give your child lifelong friends and memories. How many weeks? Early on in your search, you will need to determine what length of stay is right for your child. There are many week-long camps that provide outstanding introductory experiences that allow kids to become comfortable with being away from home in the camp environment. By the age of 9 or 10, however, many kids are ready for an experience that will challenge them and provide growth opportunities by being away from home for an even longer time (4, 7, or 8 weeks). Believe it or not, it’s often harder for parents to part ways for this long, whereas kids are so busy at camp having fun, being active, and making new friends that the time flies by. The personal growth that is achieved at longer overnight camps is unparalleled – by living and playing day in and day out within a close-knit community, your child will grow in their independence and self-confidence through their achievements at camp and the relationships they will build.
whether it is the northern Midwest that allows kids to canoe through the Boundary Waters and hike across Isle Royale National Park, or the northeast with the beautiful views of the Berkshires, or the West Coast with surfing and sea kayaking – the options are endless. By widening your options to include camps in other areas of the country, you give your child a chance to experience a new region, and also provide them with an opportunity to make friends from all over the country and world. What activities are offered? With the intense
What area of the country? Even as recently as 15 years ago, the geographical locations of camps often provided an obstacle for parents and camps to overcome. Now with unaccompanied minor programs and close communication between airlines, camps, and parents, distance does not need to be the biggest factor in your decision. Every region of the United States offers unique perks – www.CampNavigator.com Vol. 5, Issue 1