With all of the snowfall that Long Island has seen lately, it may be hard to start thinking about things to do on Long Island with your kids this summer. However, registering your child early for summer camp is worth considering, as you will find that many camps become more expensive, or will no longer have spots available, as the warmer months grow closer. Your Local Kids has a complete Long Island summer camps 2018 directory in both Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as some helpful tips to choose the perfect camp for your child.
How can I choose a camp?
There are many different factors to consider when selecting a 2015 Long Island Summer Camp for your child. First, consider the age of your child as well as their interest in attending a summer program. There are many different camps to choose from. A half-day summer camp is a good idea for younger children or those without much experience away from home. These programs can help ease children into being independent away from home, and allow them to engage socially with their peers. A full-day summer camp is a good choice for working parents that require childcare throughout the day, and for school-age children that are used to long hours at school. There are also special needs camps where your child can have a fun camp experience under the attention of trained and experienced counselors. If your child desires furthering a specific interest or hobby over the summer, there are specialty camps you can look into as well.
How much should I expect to spend?
The cost of camp varies greatly on a number of factors. It is important to determine the hours that camp is in session, as well as whether or not they offer extended hours. Be sure to inquire about the length of the program, and how many weeks they will be required to attend. Many camps offer payments based upon your child’s weekly attendance. Also, factor in the activities and trips your child will participate in. Always clarify that the cost of the activities and trips are incorporated into the tuition, or that you are setting enough aside to cover them.
How can I save money on camp?
Ask the camp director about potential discounts before registering. Many programs offer savings for early registration or multiple enrollments within one family. You can ask about financial aid opportunities or payment plans that may help make the camp experience more affordable. Reach out to local non-profits or your house of worship to see if they offer affordable summer programs, or can direct you to a location that does.
How can summer camp benefit my child?
Summer camp offers your child an independent experience away from home in a safe environment, while still remaining supervised. Attending camp can also provide kids with educational opportunities as well as social interaction they may be lacking while being out of school. They can learn teamwork, resourcefulness, and decision-making. Many parents also find that attending camp is also a cure to summer boredom.
When should I start looking at camps?
Early is always better! Start by gauging your child’s interest, and then ask them what they expect or look forward to in a summer camp. Many camps will allow you to visit the grounds beforehand, or meet with a camp director to discuss what their program consists of. If the camp offers a website, look through videos and pictures with your kids. Ask around to hear thoughts of other parents, or suggestions in camps they’ve had experience with in the past.
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