The school year is barrelling towards the finish line, and parents around the country are starting the summer shuffle. There are vacations to plan, child care to arrange, and summer camps to book. Where do you start?
In most metropolitan areas, summer camps and programs book quickly, even selling out in March! It’s best to start your camp planning early to secure your spot.
Before you go cross-eyed looking at all your options, here’s three things to consider when choosing summer camps and programs:
1. Your Child’s Interests and Their Buy-In
As eager as you might be to have your child master the Italian language or learn to play the flute this summer, is that truly what your child would enjoy? After a jam-packed school year, it’s nice to take a break from the rigors of academics and explore new interests in a fun, relaxed environment. Review camp websites and catalogs with your child. What piques their interest? Inviting your child to participate in the selection process allows you to get their buy-in and may ease any apprehension they have of attending camp.
2. Your Needs as a Parent
Not every parent has the luxury of staying home with their child during the summer. Whether you have a full-time job, or just need a few hours a week to run errands (and maintain your serenity), there’s a camp program that can meet your needs. Many offer half-day and full-day options with before and after camp care, while others run only a few hours a day. Whatever your needs are, there’s a camp to meet them; it just takes some time and planning to find them.
3. Your Budget and Understanding Camp Pricing
Not all camps are created equally. While one camp may seem more expensive, it’s possible there’s a more experienced instructor, a longer camp day and/or a meal included. A less expensive camp may look like a deal, but additional expenses can be hidden in supply fees, extended day care, and meals.
With these three tips in mind, you’re ready to sail into summer camp season. Bon voyage!
If you’re located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, we hope you’ll consider joining The Episcopal School of Dallas for a summer to remember. Camps and programs emphasize the arts, athletics, academics, adventures, STEM, and most importantly, making new friends and having fun! All are welcome, ages 3 and up.
Camps run May-August, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
View camps and register at www.esdallas.org/summercamp