Summer camp for your child is a sign that they are growing up, (sob!). How does a parent choose the right camp, especially if its a first time? I’ve got a few tips to help with that decision.

Do Your Research on a Potential Camp:


–  When you start looking, you need to decide if you want a day camp or if they can go for a few nights or a week away. You need to look online and see the camp’s reviews. Talk to other parents with older children and see what they have to say about a particular camp and their opinions.  If it’s a great camp, there will be someone you can talk to that works at the camp and will be available to answer your questions.

Sleep away or Stay:

– If its your first child or even if its your fourth child’s first time, you will need to talk/prepare them..  They may prefer staying around home . Some may not be ready for a camp away from home.

Check out Several “Cool’ Camps:

The camps you went to as a child may not be cool to your kid. It may not even exist anymore lol.  There are camps that totally focus on things like music,hockey, science, or theater.  Camps have grown and expanded from when they first opened. It really depends on what your child is interested in..  Don’t send them to a space camp if they are totally in love with dramas and musicals.

Do a Background Check:


– This is VERY important!  You don’t want to send your child to a place you found online  and not know anything about the camp itself.  Check the potential camp not only online but see how long its been around. Are they fully licensed, fully accredited, things like that.  If they are not fully accredited look else where.

Camp Costs:

– How much do you have to pay for your child’s camp?  Not all of us are in a spot financially to pay for it.  There are some camps that will help out or even sponsor if money is tight.  Never feel ashamed if you can’t afford it.  There are other options like day camps or one or two over night camps. Definitely do your research!




Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.