Finding the right summer camp for your teenage son or daughter could be all you ever wanted to have a fun filled, rewarding and enjoyable summer period. Finding the best overnight summer camps, however, can be one of the most daunting tasks you will ever have to do. If not for anything else, because there are so many summer camps for teens today, all purporting to offer the best that your teens need. The good news is that the process does not have to be complicated or daunting, as long as you have some basic guidelines to get you started.
The last thing you would want is to have a teen who feels pressured or forced to attend a summer camp that you actually thought was perfect but which is nothing close to what they would have wanted; so first step is to engage your teen. The first step therefore would be to discuss with your teen on what their expectations of a summer camp would be. The second step would be to find out the appropriate duration of the summer camp. You might also want to put into consideration the skill set of your teenager.
Such things as outdoor activities, swimming, art, horses, computers, academics, sports etc. are all things that can significantly help you in making an informed decision on the right camp for your teenager. Does your child have any special needs that will need to be factored in by the summer camp you are choosing? You should also seek to find out about the environment for the camps for teens; how competitive or non-competitive thereof, is the environment and is it suitable to your teen’s personality? It would be unfair of you to send your kid to a camp where they will feel out of place because the environment was not conducive and in line with their personality. Do you want an all-boys, all-girls or mixed camp; this is the next question you should ask yourself; which again boils down to your teen’s preferences. Maybe you already have a camper signed up to a specific program; would it be appropriate to sign up another of your kids? Should you sign several kids to the same camp or program, you might want to consider whether or not they have special discounts for such arrangements. When all is said and done, it is important to mention that summer camps are not only a fun time for your kids to socialize and network, but they also get to hone their special skills and at the same time get to develop the much needed level of independence as they grow.