As we rapidly roll towards the summer season, this time of year is typically the busiest for new camper enrollment. As families begin their search in earnest for the perfect camp for their child we thought that some tips and helpful questions may be of use. There are such a wide variety of program options and so many great choices it can certainly be overwhelming to even get started. So how on earth do you find the right camp?
A general internet search for summer camps turns up what seems like a million options for summer programs and even when focusing on resources that are specific to camp selection the choices can be extensive. The American Camp Association website is filled with over 3000 accredited camps and summer programs and can be a great place to start. If you are already sure that Maine is the place that you want your child to be Maine Summer Camps also has a ‘find a camp’ tool which is also very helpful.
So how do you get started?
Set some parameters before you go near your computer and maybe even before you get the kids involved – you don’t want them picking space camp on the moon when you were thinking arts camp in the woods!
Here are some potential questions to think through.
- What genre of camp are you looking for?
- Do you have family traditions with a particular program or location?
- Are you restricted to specific dates or have a set session length in mind?
- Is your child ready for an overnight experience or are you looking for a more local day camp?
- What is your budget?
- How far from home are you willing to travel?
- Are you looking for specific program content or a more general program?
- Do you want to do your own research or get help form a professional camp referral agency?
- What are your child ‘s thoughts about camp?
Once you’ve got a basic outline for your needs and wants you can dig in. Camp websites are typically filled with all of the initial information that you may need and directors are waiting for your calls to expand on what makes their camp unique. Expect good customer service and attentive sales pitches, camps should want to find out about your child to see if it is a good fit for everyone not just push their program. A great director will be able to head you in a different direction if their camp doesn’t meet your needs. You should also expect to get referrals to other families and ideally a camp tour or home visit depending on the season.
Finding the right camp should be fun not stressful, give us a call if you need help 207 495 2228 there is a perfect fit for every child out there. Want to learn more about Camp Runoia our website is a great place to start.