The day camp dilemma

Five tips for choosing a day camp

You’ve heard it before… “Mom, I’m bored.”  Or in my four-year old’s case, “Mommy, what can I do next?”

Why not channel that restlessness and sign your child up for a few weeks of day camp? But how do you know which day camp is right for your child?

Children laughing together at YMCA Day Camp

Whether you need child care for the whole summer or want to give your child a new summertime experience, Patricia Osborn, YMCA Child Care Director, shares five essentials parents should consider when picking a day camp:

  1. What does your child like to do?  Maybe there is a specialty camp like sports, dance or science that will jump-start their activity level or rev their imagination.
  2. What is the camp’s reputation?  Word of mouth is a great referral service.  Has anyone that you know sent their children to this day camp?  What was their experience?
  3. Is the staff well-trained?  Staff should be certified in child abuse prevention and CPR.
  4. What kind of field trips are offered?  Incorporating trips to museums, parks or other venues enhances their summer.
  5. Is the day camp site clean, well maintained and safe?  Check out the location before you sign your child up.  Don’t just drive by; ask for a tour.  And always make sure the camp is licensed.

Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to have happy campers!

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