Have you started thinking about choosing a summer camp for your kids? It’s not too early, you know. Not only will you have more time to collect information about the various programs and options, make a choice and plan your summer accordingly, but you may also save on registration by booking a place before spring comes around.
Whether it’s for a couple of weeks or the entire summer (minus your family vacations, of course!), there are hundreds of camps for all ages and passions. Some of them welcome a specific clientele like handicapped people (children or adults), while others specialize in certain themes (circus activities, horseback riding, cooking, science, etc.) by dedicating a minimum of two hours a day. There are also more traditional camps where sports, outdoor activities and group fun take centre stage. The important thing is to consider your kids’ needs and interests!
Need help? Check out the Quebec Association of Certified Camps website.
Day camp or overnight camp?
For children age 4 to 17, summer day camps offer a host of activities and outings to keep them busy, happy and healthy. They’ll often make new friends there and have a ton to say when they return home every day. Parents, meanwhile, appreciate the daily feedback from camp counsellors and managers. They have a better grasp of what their kids learn and how they evolve at the camp.
Overnight summer camps are typically held away from urban centres and they provide a unique change of scenery. Kids gain independence and resourcefulness, boost their self-esteem and develop stronger friendships. However, they have to be mature and confident enough—many experts recommend this type of summer camp from the age of 6 to 8 (preferably 10 to 11) with the initial stay no more than 10 to 12 days long.
Some final tips include setting a summer camp budget, making a preliminary selection and taking a tour of the facilities to become familiar with the staff and services.