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2012 Summer campS How to pick just the right summer camp for your kids The weather may not say so, but summer is on the way. That means it’s time to think about the right summer camp for your child. There’s probably a summer camp for just about any interest a child may have. But, no one camp or type of camp is right for everyone. Even the summer camp that mom or dad attended as a child may not be
a good fit for their offspring. The camp may have changed over the years, or the child may have different interests than the parents. Just because you enjoyed the experience doesn’t mean your child will. While there’s no easy way to find the best camp for your child, there are some guidelines that will help in the decision process. So, here are some thoughts and suggestions
from the National Camp Association to help you make the right choice.
Do you want what your child wants? Regardless of the age of your child, it is important that the ultimate selection of a camp accommodate all or some of the needs, interests, goals and expectations of both you and your child. As a parent, you must make an effort to understand what the child wants and why. The best way to find out is to sit down together as a family and consider the following questions:
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• What do you and your child want to gain from the camp experience? Learn new skills, develop more self-confidence, improving proficiency in certain areas, become more independent? • What are the special interests that your child wants to explore? • Are there any physical, intellectual or social limitations that should be considered? • Finally, if you have other concerns as you begin the selection process, make sure to write them down. Here are some specific characteristics that you should consider in determining what
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Equestrian Camps Mercer Island Saddle Club
Spend a fun-filled week this Summer . . . H Learning horsemanship skills ... Grooming, saddling, riding (arena, trail and fun games) & horse care
H Visit from local veterinarian & farrier H Arts & Crafts, painting & bathing of horses H Horse Show : Last day of camp Ages 6-12 are welcome & all levels will benefit.
For more information, please contact:
Sign up & get ready for some FUN! See you at Camp!
JJ (206) 683-1699 H email@example.com
KidsQuest Children’s Museum
For ages 3-8
Kids Co. on Mercer Island 2012 Summer Day Camps, June 18th-August 24th Camps at West Mercer Elementary “Voyage to the Center of Summer” K–2nd Grade A rocket ride to destination fun!
“Expedition 12: Journey to the Center Summer” 3rd–5th Grade Waffle Stompers - Cool Kids Laying Down New Tracks Specialty camp programming for older kids
Kid Engaging Fun/Family Trusted Care Kids Co. on Mercer Island
ter • Science Squad Dino-mite Dinos • Storybook Thea
206.437.8396 www.kidscompany.org/ locations/mercer-island
Use your phone to learn more!
www.kidsquestmuseum.org • 425-637-8100
April 04, 2012 edition of the Mercer Island Reporter