If you’re thinking of sending your child to sleep away camp next summer, you’ve undoubtedly heard some popular camp names floating around. And you may feel you have a pretty good idea as to which camps have the best reputations. Or, perhaps you may be influenced by cousins and friends who already attend a particular camp. So, wouldn’t it be all right just to send your child to sleep away camp, sight unseen, based on word of mouth? Maybe. But are you willing to take that chance? Keep in mind that a camp that’s a good fit for one child, might not be the right choice for your child!
The ideal time to start your sleep away camp research is at least a year prior to when you plan to send your child. Once you have narrowed down your choices to three or four camps, we feel it’s important to set up summer tours. While a promotional DVD can make any camp look fabulous, seeing is believing! What’s more, it may give your child some added security to have a “visual” on where they will be attending.
There are only seven or eight weeks in which to do your “hands on” research … to see the camps in action. So don’t delay. Weekdays are preferable for camp visits to gain a more accurate picture of how the camps typically function. Do not plan to see more than two camps a day, as tours can easily last two hours, and there is usually much rural ground to travel in between programs. If you can, bring your prospective camper along, so that he or she can be involved in the decision making process.
More than just viewing the physical layout of a camp, visiting the program will give you an accurate feel as to how things operate. Are the grounds well maintained? Is proper safety equipment being utilized? What do the cabins and dining hall look like? Is the staff attentive? Do the campers look happy? Take a look at our Top Ten Criteria for Selecting a Camp.
These are things you can only “take in” by visiting the programs. So, call today to set up your appointments, as touring availability can fill up quickly.
If you still need help narrowing down your choices, please give us a call for guidance.