When it comes to summer camps, the choices are endless. We all want our kids to have a great summer and come away with memories, friendships, and growth. But where do you begin when choosing a summer camp? Here’s our ultimate guide to selecting a summer camp experience for your child:
The Y offers two different kinds of camps: day camp and overnight camp. At day camp, you drop your child off in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon, and the time spent at camp each day is about the same time they would typically spend at school. This is a great option for working parents and busy families who have evening and weekend activities planned out.
At overnight camp, kids spend a week at camp. Overnight camp offers a traditional camp experience where campers spend time learning skills like swimming, boating, and archery. Overnight camp is an excellent option for kids who are looking for more independence and for families who want their children to experience nature and disconnect from the internet, phones, and TV.
The Y offersSummer Day Camp at YMCA facilities, schools, and at YMCA Camp Lake Helena and overnight camp at YMCA Camp Seymour.
Knowing where your child is developmentally is an important factor when choosing a summer camp. Camp is an exciting experiencewith proven benefits, but parents should consider what level of activity and time their child is prepared for. Are they ready to spend a full day at camp, or is it best to try a half-day camp so they can ease into the routine? Are they ready to spend a whole week away from home? Knowing when your child is ready for a challenge that will help them learn and grow is a crucial step in choosing the right camp for them.
There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all Summer Camp experience. Every camp comes with options to customize your child’s week to their unique interests and personality. Does your childlove to swim and play water games? Are they creative and love to draw, paint, or dance? Are they a budding gourmet chef or photographer? Do they want to learn how to build robots or would they rather learn how to paddle a kayak? With dozens of different camps to choose from at the Y, it’s easy to find a camp that will interest and excite them.
You can even mix-and-match different camps throughout the summer, allowing your child to sample a sports skills camp at a YMCA facility one week, then spend a week building independence and connecting with nature atYMCA Camp Seymour, and finally brush up on their reading and math skills at YMCA Child Care Summer Day Camp.
Summer is a busy time for most families, which is why you should check your schedule when choosing a summer camp. With plenty of options, you can choose the perfect one-week experience to break up your other plans or build a calendar of fun for the entire summer, depending on your specific child care needs.
No matter what YMCA Summer Camp you choose, your child will have a summer they’ll remember for the rest of their life. At camp, kids build friendships, grow their self-esteem, learn new skills, and explore their interests in a safe, supportive environment surrounded by caring adult role models. Regardless of which camp your end up sending your child to, you can be sure that they’ll find a place where they belong.