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Time-Tested Tips For Choosing Overnight Summer Camps

Aug 18, 2007
Types of overnight summer camps include those with a focus on self-improvement, weight loss and grief counseling. There are camps with activities as traditional as model rocketry and riflery, to those nontraditional camps such as aviation, computers, language studies, golf, martial arts or community service. An overnight summer camp is also known as a sleepaway camp when campers spend their nights at the camp; some camps allow both daytime and overnight campers.

Camps are usually divided by gender - girls only, boys only, or co-ed and again by age group. Planning very early is important and you should be diligent in your efforts to visit camps during the peak season to make plans in advance of the next camping year. Many kid campers are enrolled in summer camp by their parents early in the year, thus camps can fill up quickly but there are many camps still with unfilled spots, so check around.

Camps often focus on specialties that include: adventure, art, computer, dance, music, religion, horse riding, sports, theatre, and many, many others. The more artistically minded might consider arts and crafts, clowning, drama, photography, or dance to be important elements for having a well-rounded camp experience. Each summer, more than 10 million children and counselors attend day camps and overnight summer camps or sleepaways across the country.

Most camp counselors are in their late teens or early twenties and are high school and college students out on their summer break. Is there a special topic (e.g. religion, sports, educational, performing arts, arts and crafts) that you want your child will gain ability and experience in? Children will always get more individual attention and supervision with a lower number of campers per counselor.

Try to determine whether the director incorporates a similar philosophy for running the camp as you do in parenting your child or children. Children or teens could typically explore subjects new to them like marine science, photography, creative writing, community service, drama, magic, scuba diving, video production, comic book design, crime scene forensics, cooking, yoga, rappelling, tennis, etc. Camp tuition can be expensive sometimes; similar to travel insurance, there are now insurance policies for families sending their children to overnight summer camp that will cover last minute cancellations, homesickness, medical emergencies and emergency evacuations.

Specialty overnight camps can range from $500 to $1000 per week depending on the program you choose. Non-profit camps can range from $1200 to $3000 for four weeks and $2500 to $5000 for eight weeks. There are many types of overnight summer camps with a focus on education that cater to students of differing ages and academic interests.

Although camp counselor jobs don't usually pay very well, usually minimum wage or less, counselors receive do free room and board; many take the job primarily for the wonderful camping experience. Do you think, if you have more than one child, they would benefit from attending the same summer camp together? Some camps are often called adventure camps - having a very specific theme or interest; many of these programs emphasize skill development and personal growth through the adventures they offer.

If you find a traditional overnight summer camp or sleepaway camp that is not the right fit, or an expense that isn't possible right now, rest assured that there are plenty of other options that can keep your child occupied throughout the summer. Typically an overnight summer camp experience will leave a lot of wonderful lifetime memories for the child or teen camper. Look over and evaluate the brochures and promotional materials thoroughly; read the fine print. If you think there is a possibility you might have to cancel an overnight summer camp reservation, camper's insurance would be a very good idea.
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