It is that time of year again; the time of year to start looking for summer camp options for your kid. Your reasoning behind searching for summer activities for your child may vary. Some parents work full time and need options to fill the time that school once occupied. Other parents need to save their sanity from a summer of nothing but free time. Regardless, the vast majority of parents realize the importance of keeping their child’s mind active and stimulated during the summer break, and summer camps are a great way to achieve that.
The Importance of Summer Activities For Kids
The benefits of summer camps are well documented. Students lose an average of 30% of their school year progress in math, reading, and spelling over the summer, making academic based camps like STEM camps an excellent choice for avoiding the summer “brain drain.” Keeping your kids physically and mentally active through participation in summer activities further develops resilience, confidence, leaderships skills, independence, and the health and well-being in your child1.
Day camps such as a sport-specific camp or wilderness survival lessons can increase your children’s physical health and confidence in overcoming physical and mental challenges. The question is, with all the evidence supporting the importance of summer camps for children, how do you know what makes up a good summer camp?
Picking The Best Summer Camp For You And Your Child
With the wide variety of camp options out there it can be overwhelming deciding which camp best suits you and your child. We have put together some key things you should look for when deciding on a summer camp2:
History: Is the camp brand new? Or has it been around a while?
Type of camp: Sports? Arts? Academic?
The camp community: Does the camp try to foster a sense of community and togetherness?
Well trained staff: Are counselors well trained in the camp topic? Are they certified to work with children?
Flexibility: Does your child have the option to opt out of an activity if he or she doesn’t feel comfortable?
Communication: Is there a set communication plan between the parents and the camp? Are the daily schedule and expectations for the child clearly communicated before the beginning of camp?
Accreditation: Does the camp have any specific accreditations like the National Association of Education of Young Children?
The Foundations’ Summer Activities And Camps: Meeting Your Needs
Since 2004, Foundations has provided the Kennesaw and Marietta community with a broad range of summer activities and camps for rising Pre-K through elementary school aged children. We are accredited by the National Association of Education of Young Children and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and all our camp directors hold education degrees. We listen to your needs and the needs of your child to make sure the camp experience is positive for all those involved.
Our camps average a 12:1 child-teacher ratio with 20 to 40 students in the camps each week, so the environment is just the right size to foster a strong sense of community. We offer full day (6:30 AM – 6:30 PM) and half day (8:00 AM-2:30 PM) options. To meet the educational needs of our children, we have academic enrichment activities focusing on topics such as STEM, literacy, and spelling. We combine these with art, nature, and athletics activities, such as sports, gymnastics, and rock wall climbing, for a well rounded camp experience.
One of the best things about the camp experience is that you will get to share it with your child through photos and videos. The camp teachers take photos and videos throughout the day and share them with you, so you can see the highlights of each camp day. You can choose to receive your child’s updates through an iPhone or Android app, or by email.
A sample of a daily schedule and the summer calendar of camps are located on our camps information page. If you would like more information about the Foundations’ camps, please contact us by email at [email protected], via telephone at 770-429-4799, or on our website.
1Ungar, Michael, Ph. D. “Summer Camps Make Kids Resilient.” Psychology Today. Psychology Today, 5 Feb. 2012. Web. 09 Apr. 2016. <https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/nurturing-resilience/201202/summer-camps-make-kids-resilient>.
2Rowley, Barbara. “How to Pick the Right Summer Camp for Kids.” Parenting.com. Parenting Magazine, n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2016. <http://www.parenting.com/article/summer-camp-kids>.