I don’t think learning should stop in the summer just because school is out …
But I do see that time as a good opportunity for children to experience differrent types of learning …
I think there are Summer Programs/Camps that can fit that need.
As we have checked around to find a good fit for our daughter, here are some of the helpful tips we found from Carolina Summer Camps:
- Day camps are more fun when children know at least one other camper who will be attending. Don’t assume that they will be in the same group, let the camp director know your preferences when you initially register your child.
- If a camp facility is open when you register for camp, take a tour. If not, take a virtual tour of the facility through looking on their website. The more familiar your child is with the environment, the less overwhelming he/she will feel.
- Watch videos and look at photos of other campers having fun at camp. Look on the camp website and Google the camp name for additional postings.
- Print out the camp schedule for your child to read about a typical day at camp—-from the meals, free time, activities, to the bedtime routines.
- For residential camps, make sure that this isn’t the first time your child will be sleeping away from home. Let them practice overcoming their separation anxiety with a couple of sleep-overs with friends or family before going to a residential camp. Write a letter (or email) to the camp director with any questions.
- Look up the camp on the Better Business Bureau for any grievances. (BBB.org)
- Ask your friends through social media (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) if they have had any positive or negative experiences with the camp. Your friends will tell you!
- A high percentage of returning campers shows that the campers had fun last year.
- A low camper-to-counselor ratio. 10:1 is good. 5:1 is great!
- Staff trained in CPR, first aid skills, and conflict resolution techniques.
- Low staff-turnover shows good experience.
- First, consult with your child’s pediatrician before ever deciding to stop treating your child with any medication.
- Most children with allergy, asthma, diabetes, attention and impulsivity conditions are not “healed” during the summer months. Many times it can be worse with the heat, additional exercise, and being outside. Children with medical issues usually need special treatment to help them enjoy their summer camp experience the most.
- For children who take medication for their attention or impulsivity, it can be especially hard for them to listen to instructions, get along with peers, and control their impulses when they are not on medication.
Thanks Carolina Summer Camps for letting me share your information!