The summer camp search feels like such a task each year. Every year I have the task of finding a fun and interactive summer camp for my grade schooler. Last summer it was a total miss. Although the camp was close to my job, it was out of our neighborhood and my grade schooler felt out of place with not being in the same school with other kids. The camp was also more affordable with a discount that included before and after care. Now one of the cons of this camp was the amount of time spent outside even on the days with extreme heat and humidity. The distance made it easy to pick her up on those days and return back to work. Also, the kids were not on site at the Y except for the last 2 weeks of camp.
This year I did a bit of research on local camps and found one with good reviews. The plus is she will be at camp with some kids from her school. Now with that said the camp is more expensive and requires additional fees for before care and after care. Although, school is finished summer camp adds another layer of stress for me. One pet peeve I have with camps are incurring additional fees once camp starts. This camp charges $3 per day for before care and $12 per day if you require extended care in the afternoon. I am fortunate to have the flexibility to pick early and work from home in the evening.
Summer Camp Must Haves:
- Daily swimming
- Cost effective
- Outdoor activities
- Staff who is knowledgeable on asthma
- Arts & Crafts
- Close Proximity to home
- Extended care in the morning and afternoon
The attached are the must haves for summer