Summer camps help young people build self-confidence, learn to interact with their peers and learn new skills and independence. Parents should be guided by their child’s interests and personality when choosing a program, and look for a camp that provides activities that are of interest to their child and appropriate for their child’s age and skill level.
Campers have many more choices than the traditional hiking, canoeing and water sports. There is a wide range of choices, including specialty sports camps, camps specializing in computer skills, leadership activities, community work, language skills, travel camps, preschool camps for younger children and special-needs camps for children with disabilities.
According to the American Camp Association (ACA), parents rate fun and safety as their most important priorities. When considering a camp for their child, parents should ask how long it has been in business, check with parents of past and returning campers, and check the camp’s reputation at bbb.org.