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Make the most of the CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo with these great questions for program directors and camp counselors:
• What is your camp’s philosophy or mission? • Where is your camp? • How much does your camp cost? • When are the sessions and how long do they run? • Does your program have day camp and/or residential camp options? • What age groups are represented, and in what percentages? • Where do your campers come from? Are they local, national or international? • Is the program coed? If so, what is the approximate ratio of boys to girls? • Who is the camp director, and what is his or her background? • Who are the camp staff members? How are staff members trained? • What is the ratio of campers to staff members? Does that ratio change during different activities or during different times of the day? • What are your medical facilities like? Is there a nurse or doctor on staff? • What kind of living/eating/recreational facilities does your camp offer? • How are behavioral problems handled? What is the camp policy regarding discipline? • What are the safety regulations? What kind of supervision is provided? • What is the daily schedule like at your camp? How much free time is there? • Can the camper have visitors? • What kind of communication is allowed — mail, phone calls, etc.? • How does your staff handle homesickness?
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Ready for Sleepaway Camp? Take this quick quiz to see if your child is ready for residential camp this year. Answer each of these questions on a scale of 1-5, with 1 representing “never” and 5 representing “always.”
1. My child stays overnight with grandparents or with friends without tears and anxiety. 2. My child willingly asks adults other than me for help.
3. My child willingly eats food other than what I cook. 4. My child easily warms up to new situations and people. 5. My child enjoys a wide range of experiences. 6. My child makes friends easily.
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7. My child keeps track of clothes, money, school supplies and homework.
If you answered 4 or 5 for most of these questions, your child will likely thrive. If there are one or two trouble spots, don't worry too much. Camp just might help your child learn to keep track of things or try new activities more easily. If most of your responses are 1, 2 or 3, you might think about delaying sleepaway camp for a year or two.
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Be sure to give your child a realistic idea of what camp life is like. If your child seems reluctant, don’t push. Overnight camp isn’t right for everyone, and there’s always next year.
T C D E N I F PERF ER M M E U S H T AMP
10 Questions to Ask Before Deciding
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As the daylight hours begin to stretch into early evening and the calendar pages head toward June, parents start thinking about how to best fill their child’s summer days. The process of picking the best camp experience for your child doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, by taking the time to talk with your camper and answer these few questions, it can be as easy as 1-2-3. You can turn your child’s school vacation into weeks of camaraderie, fun and discovery, and enjoy your summer as well, knowing that your child is spending part of his or her days learning as well as being entertained.
1) Is my child old enough to go to camp?
What camps are best suited to his or her age? “Ask your child: Are you interested in going to camp?” says Peg L. Smith, former CEO of the American Camp Association (ACA). “This is a family decision and the best way to determine if your child is ready is to learn firsthand if they want to go.” To make for the best, age-appropriate experiences, camps breakdown their programs by age groups (4–7, 8–10, 11–13 and 14–16). This helps in choosing the right camp for your child’s maturity.
2) How much will it cost?
Depending on what your expectations are, sending your child to camp can be a very affordable enrichment option. According to the ACA, there is a wide range of price options available that depend on the choice of camp, the facilities offered and your camper’s needs. For budgeting purposes, parents can plan on an average day camp fee of around $43 per day and an average residential camp fee of around $85 a day. Remember that camp fees may be tax deductible as childcare expense. Ask your tax advisor to see if you qualify.
3) What are my child’s interests?
“There are traditional camp experiences that include campfires, telling camp stories and lots of free, unstructured play,” says Smith. “There are also specialty camps that offer martial arts or swimming for example, as a way to sample a sport before making a longer commitment. Offer your child a few options to choose from as a way to find out what new interests he may have.” CharlottesvilleFamily.com
4) Where can I find out about all the options?
Whether it’s traditional day camp, specialty camps or residential camps, there are lots of options available.Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily. com Online Summer Camp Fair for lots of information about local camps. You can also visit campparents.org and click on “Find a Camp.”
5) What’s an average day like? The daily schedules of each weeklong day camp vary. Some run from early morning until late afternoon (with extended day care, if desired). Others offer a combination of half-day or fullday sessions. At a residential camp, you can send your child for the entire summer or select a few weeks here and there. (cont’d on page 14)
Camp Watonka Boys 8 - 16 In the Poconos at Hawley, PA Offering qualified instruction and laboratory work in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, ecology, electronics, geology, physics, photography, robotics and rocketry. The sciences are incorporated into a fun filled, camper selected program that also includes archery, arts and crafts, climbing, mini-bike riding, riflery, sailing, swimming, tennis, trips, windsurfing, woodworking, ropes, etc. Private Lake. American Camp Association accredited. 2, 4, 6 and 8 week sessions.
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Ferrum College Summer Enrichment Camp
Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre: Next Level Summer Camps
Jubilee Family Chiropractic
Mountaintop Montessori Summer Programs
Exhibit Hall Annex ,
Yeargan Family Dental Care
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Charlottesville Ballet Academy
UpLevel Martial Arts
Virginia Fishing Adventures & Virginia Outside
Light House Studio 58 Live Arts 17 Live Honeybee Exhibit, County Extension Office 7 Living Earth School 28 Mahogany Ridge 48 Massanutten Military Academy 27 McCallie Summer Camp 25 Mid-Atlantic Bath Solutions, Bath Fitter 77/78 Monticello Education Summer Adventures 35 Mountaintop Montessori Summer Programs 61/62 Open Bio Labs 22 People Places 46 Piedmont Regional Education/Parent Resource 67 Rocky Top Climbing 33 Science Camp Watonka 51 Scott Wagner Chiropractic & Sports Medicine 37 SOCA 15 SPCA 31 Spectrum Summer Program at Tandem Friends School 50 STEAM Discovery Academy 38 The Nit Fairies 21 Tiger USA World Class Tae Kwon Do 56 Tutor Doctor 20 UpLevel Martial Arts 82 UVA Child Development Labs 41 Village School Summer Camp for Girls 45 Virginia Discovery Museum 7 Virginia Festival of the Book 69 Virginia Fishing Adventures & Virginia Outside 74 Wilderness Adventures at Eagle Landing 19 Wilson School of Dance 44 Yeargan Family Dental Care 57 YMCA Camp Silver Beach 75
YMCA Camp Silver Beach
Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre Next Level Summer Camps 85
Camp Hidden Meadows
Albemarle/Charlottesville 4-H 68 ALOHA Mind Math/ Reading/Writing 80 AstroCamp 13 Blue Ridge School Summer Programs 43 Boar’s Head Sports Club & Birdwood 29/30 Boy Scouts of America 63 Bounce Play-n-Create 53 Blue Ridge Irish Music School 64 Camp Alleghany for Girls 26 Camp Friendship 42 Camp Hidden Meadows 76 Camp Holiday Trails 66 Camp Horizons 54/55 Camp Invention 71 Camp Motorsport 14 Camp Rim Rock 47 Camp Roanoke 59 Camp Yogaville 73 Camp4Real 36 Carter Mountain & Chiles Peach Orchards 34 Charlottesville Ballet Academy 72 Charlottesville Parks & Recreation 49 Commonwealth Life & Legacy Counsel 40 Computer4Kids 65 Covenant School, The 11/12 Dancing Jaguars Spirit Camp 16 DMR Adventures 23 Education Transformation Centre 24 Ferrum College Summer Enrichment Camp 60 First Tee of the VA Blue Ridge 81 Fork Union Military Academy 52 Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council 70 Greenstone Adventures 32 Here WEE Grow Again 79 iD Tech 18 Jubilee Family Chiropractic 86 KidsCollege@PVCC 39
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Wilson School of Dance
Village School Summer Programs for Girls
Camp Rim Rock
Massanutten Military Academy
29/30 Boar’s Head Sports Club & Birdwood
Living Earth School
Rocky Top Climbing
Carter Mountain & Chiles Peach Orchards
The Nit Fairies
Wilderness Adventures at Eagle Landing
Exhibit Hall Camp Alleghany for Girls
McCallie Summer Camp
Education Transformation Centre
Open Bio Labs
The Covenant School
Dancing Jaguars Spirit Camp
Bounce Play & Create
Monticello Education Summer Adventures
Scott Wagner Chiropractic & Sports Medicine
STEAM Discovery Academy
Fork Union Military Academy
Commonwealth Life & Legacy Counsel
Science Camp Watonka
Child Development Lab @ UVA
Spectrum Summer Programs at Tandem Friends
48 Charlottesville Parks & Recreation
Blue Ridge School Summer Programs
3 The Little Gym
Triple C Camp
Piedmont Family YMCA
Sponsor Pavilion CharlottesvilleFamily’s 20th Anniversary! Cake 1-3pm
8 Balloon Station
VaDM & County Extension Office Live Honeybee Exhibit
Bumble’s Campground Fun Zone
6) Whose camping experience is it anyway?
“Too often we get kids in camps that their mom or dad wanted them to attend,” says camp counselor Shawn. “I can’t stress enough the importance of choosing camp activities that your child is interested in,” he adds. “If your daughter doesn’t want to play soccer, you’re better off enrolling her in a different camping experience. Everyone will be much happier by the time the end of the summer rolls around.”
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7) Can your camper use more exercise?
Summer camp is a chance to move your child away from video and computer games and introduce him or her to a new sport — maybe one that will hold their interest throughout the year. According to Smith, 63 percent of campers who learn a new activity continue with it after camp ends. “Campers use this opportunity to get outside, turn off all those electronic devices and reconnect with nature.” Smith adds, “It’s a chance to see if your (cont’d on page 18)
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Making a Camp Care Package • Games like Apples to Apples or Heads Up • Stationery & stamps • Photos of pets & family For kids at sleep-away camp, care packages are just that — a little reminder that the folks back home are thinking about them. Sending a box full of their favorite goodies would be easy enough, but since most camps discourage sending sweets, check out the following suggestions (some practical, some fun) for ensuring a happy camper. Timing is essential when it comes to mailing items to a camper. Many camps will provide parents directions on where, when and how to send mail to its participants. Follow these directions as closely as possible to avoid late or misdirected packages. Keep in mind that camp mail must often be sorted and transported to the campers — an added step that may add a day or two to the U.S. Postal delivery time. Make sure to mail the first care package ahead of time so it is there when you’re camper arrives!
• Drawings created by younger siblings or friends • Batteries • Word jumble puzzles • Toothbrush • An iPod loaded with a playlist of your child’s favorite songs • Favorite stuffed animal • A journal • A paperback book or some magazines • Stickers • Temporary tattoos • Bug spray • Lip balm • Travel size shampoo, lotion or other toiletries
child can develop a jump shot or learn to pirouette.”
serve them and the people whose lives they touch.” Thurber adds, “At camp, young people bond with positive adult role models whose integrity and leadershipby-example tower over those of celebrities or sports heroes. Highquality camps are places where young people not only realize their potential in athletic or artistic pursuits; they realize their potential to do good in the world.”
8) Why is it important for the camp to be accredited? Accredited camps have met the industry requirements in the key aspects of camp operation, program quality and the health and safety of campers and staff. These camps comply with appropriate standards and counselor/camper ratios. To find out if a camp is accredited, visit campparents.org and click on “Find a Camp” or call 800-428-2267.
9) What else can my child learn at camp?
There’s another kind of education that goes on at camp says Christopher Thurber, author of The Summer Camp Handbook. It’s a place for kids to “relax and learn life skills — such as making friends and playing fair — that will
10) Will My Camper Have Fun?
“Fun should rule during June, July and August,” reminds Counselor Shawn. Even though parents want every experience for their children to be worthwhile and educational, its important to remember that it’s summertime, and there’s a lot of learning that happens while you’re having fun.
Award-winning freelance writer Claire Yezbak Fadden is the mother of a former camp counselor.
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