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What to Look for in a Cooking Camp


Children baking at cooking camp.

Cooking camp is a fun alternative to traditional child care in the summer.

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The Benefits of Cooking Camp for Kids:

At cooking camp, kids can further develop their:
  • culinary skills
  • creativity
  • critical thinking skills
  • social skills
  • self-confidence
  • and more

What to Look for in a Quality Program:

When inquiring about cooking camps in your area, be sure to ask the following questions:
  • What types of cooking camp programs do you offer?
  • What is the counselor-to-camper ratio?
  • Do you do background checks?
  • What security precautions do you take?
  • Are medical personnel on staff?
  • Do you offer transportation to and from camp? If so, is there an additional fee?
  • Do you offer early drop off early/late pick up?
  • What is the cost?
  • Do you make accommodations for children with food allergies?
  • What does a typical schedule at your cooking camp look like?

Where to Find a Cooking Camp Near You:

Contact local cooking schools and community colleges and ask whether they offer a cooking camp option for kids. In addition, you can also contact local bakeries and restaurants, search look for cooking camps online, and ask your local home economics teachers, as well as fellow parents, for recommendations.

Typical Cooking Camp Activities:

Cooking camps offer many fun and exciting activities, such as:
  • trying out new recipes
  • learning new culinary techniques
  • taste tests
  • peer evaluation
  • group recipe design
  • and more

For more options, read 10 Affordable Summer Camp Options.

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