There is a reason why summer camps are gaining in huge popularity today more than ever before, as more and more parents get to find alternative and responsible forms of teen engagement during the months of summer. Finding the best overnight summer camps, however, can be one of the most daunting tasks you will ever have to do. For starters, there are hundreds of these camps all over the country, meaning narrowing down your choice to the most ideal for your teens can be quite challenging. 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. Discussing with your camper as they can help you find something that is in line with their needs and expectations. How long are you willing to send your teenager for the camp and how long does the summer camp provider schedule sessions for? By the same token, how about you consider what activities fall within the skill sets and interests of your camper?
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. All these will inform your decision on the right camp to choose based on their preferred skill set or interest that they may wish to sharpen further. The next important consideration is to establish whether the competitive, or non-competitive nature, thereof, of the summer camp you are considering, is in line with 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. Would you prefer all-boys, all girls, or coed sleepaway summer camp? Maybe you already have a camper signed up to a specific program; would it be appropriate to sign up another of your kids? Most parents find signing up more than one kid an attractive and economical option considering the cost is always discounted. It is however your ultimate responsibility as a parent to ensure you ask all important questions to ensure your teen has a rewarding, safe, and enjoyable summer experience; one where they will network and socialize while learning new things.