Summer is finally approaching the corner -- and that means school’s almost out! Your children may be ecstatic, but you might be experiencing stress over your child’s summer plans.
The beginning of May is around the time when parents start searching for the perfect summer camp for their child. Your child might want to go to a fun sleep-away camp in the Adirondacks, but you want them to sustain the education they have learned during the school year. Are the two mutually exclusive?
Often, parents ask us about the balance of fun and education in our summer camp and we have lots to say about it. For us, the perfect summer camp is a seamless blend of academic support and enjoying the brief summer months. To help you navigate the search for your child’s upcoming summer camp, here are our tips on how to find the perfect fit.
1. Consider the program’s focus and educational component (if any)
What kind of academic goals are you and your child looking to receive from a summer camp? Are you looking for an academic boot-camp, or simply have education as a supporting role? It is very important to figure out your own standards and match them with the program’s mission. Most camps offer various activities -- from work sessions, to camping, to dancing. Be sure you choose the camp with the most activities that are aligned with you and your child’s personal focus.
2. Go in for a Private Tour
Once you have narrowed down your options to a short list, schedule a private tour! The best way to get a feel of the camp’s attitude and focus is by seeing it up-close. Ask your tour-guide to introduce you to some of the summer instructors, and ask as many questions as possible.
3. Ask the Right Questions
If you are on a private tour, or simply corresponding with the camp director, be sure to ask about:
- Student to faculty ratio
- Return rate
- Sample daily schedule
- Safety procedures
4. Most of all, include your child in the process of choosing
It is very important to make sure your child feels comfortable in the camp that you ultimately enroll in. Include your child on the private tour, and allow them to ask questions as well!
We hope that these tips are helpful in your search for a summer camp. If you are considering enrolling your child in Jump!, we would be happy to schedule a private tour in the coming weeks.