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What to Look for in a Summer Day Camp


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Day camp is an alternative to traditional summer child care.

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The Benefits of Day Camp for Kids:

At day camp, kids can further develop their:
  • social skills
  • athletic abilities
  • self-confidence
  • artistic talents
  • and more

What to Look for in a Quality Program:

When inquiring about day camps in your area, be sure to ask the following questions:
  • What is the counselor-to-camper ratio?
  • How are counselors hired?
  • Do you do background checks?
  • What security precautions do you take?
  • Is there medical personnel on staff?
  • What would happen in the event of an emergency?
  • 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?
  • What does a typical schedule at your day camp look like?

Where to Find a Day Camp Near You:

Contact local camp facilities and ask whether they offer a day camp option. In addition, you can also search for "camps" in your local business directory, look for day camps online, and ask your child's teachers, as well as fellow parents, for recommendations.

Typical Day Camp Activities:

Day camps offer many fun and exciting activities, such as:
  • swimming
  • arts and crafts
  • field games
  • tennis
  • drama
  • and more

For more options, read 10 Affordable Summer Camp Options.

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