While many of today’s parents start planning for the summer break, there’s a few of the summer camp programs that may seem a little under the radar when it comes to keeping kids busy. In cases where the child is enrolled in a summer camp program to substitute for things like child care, it’s imperative the facility incorporates a multitude of activities to keep kids occupied. In this week’s blog, we point out some planning ideas for when they go to their summer camp programs even if it’s at the end of the season.
Summer Camp Means More than Making Key Chains with Beads
When it comes to summer camps the first thing most of us think of is activities such as making ice cream in a bag or beaded keychains. However, there’s a lot more to sign up your child for these annual programs. Besides the fact that your kid will have less chance of becoming bored, it’s also an excellent environment to practice social skills. In fact, it’s good to look toward programs such as sports clinics to teach children ways of practicing their team building skills along with a plethora of others.
Don’t Assume Your Kids Will Eat Healthy While at Summer Camp
Another tip for summer camp is to check the menu if they will be providing lunch or snacks. Since it’s summer vacation for most children, a healthy diet can frequently be overlooked. Be sure to ask the facilitator of the summer camp what types of food will be provided. If the answer is pizza and chicken wings, you may want to pack a lunch or look for a place that offers more nutrition. Health and Safety First.
Safety First Before Drop Off
Safety is another key point to make here. If your kid is included in any camp activities or any other place, be sure to ask the instructors what they are doing to ensure your child’s safety. Don’t assume they have a strategy in place. Be certain there’s protocol when it comes to who or whom can pick up the child. Find out what they do if there’s any emergency, etc. If you don’t ask, you can be sure there will be a certain level of anxiety when you drop the kids off.
Lastly, do your research and find out what type of field trips and off-site activities are planned. If the facility has an outing planned at a place such as an indoor gym or recreation center, be sure you know the rules and regulations of the venue before allowing your child to attend. Better yet, volunteer at these events. Not only will you feel more comfortable, but you’ll also rekindle fond memories of when you were a child. Who knows, you might even get the day off of work!
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