By Brandi Jeter Riley
Summer camp. It’s one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make in your child’s life. The success of their entire future depends on you making the right choice. Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but it is pretty important to choose the right camp if you want to avoid a summer full of whining and “Mom, I’m bored!”
While there are tons of camp options out there, it’s important to remember that not every summer camp is going to be a good fit for your child. Finding a program that your child is excited to go to every single day might take a little bit of work, but it’s absolutely possible. As you start your search, keep these few things in mind:
- What does your child want to do this summer?
Make sure you allow your child to have a say in the type of experience they want to have at summer camp. Do things like taking them with you when you attend summer camp fairs, and look over camp websites with them. Giving them a chance to insert their opinion will help them to be more invested when camp starts.
- What kind of personality/demeanor does your child have?
Just as there are many different types of camps, there are many different types of children. Is your child shy and need a little more attention? Then a huge summer camp with hundreds of campers might not be a good fit for her. Does your child love to run and jump and never stops moving? You might want to look into a camp that is heavily focused on movement and physical activities. Not only does a choosing a camp to suit their personality help them to have more fun at summer, it also ensures that they’ll be able to stay focused and not have many behavior issues.
- What kind of school experience does your child have during the year?
Summer camp is a great way to expand school learning into the summer, and a great camp can complement what your child does during the school year. When you’re looking at camps, finding a program that aligns with your child’s school experience, rather than mimics it, will give them an opportunity to dig deeper, and maybe even master, a skill that they were introduced in school. For example, rising 1st graders have chance to work on their language arts skills in a fun way at Go Girls! Camps. Not only are they reading, but they’re writing and practicing comprehension. The only difference is, they’re not sitting at a desk. They’re singing and dancing as they do it!
What is your child doing this summer? We’d love for your daughter to join us at Go Girls! Camp. Registration is now open!