Welcome to my Summer Camp Series! I will posting all about Summer Camp for the next TWELVE DAYS! You won’t want to miss this series.
So if you are wondering if you should look at summer camp programs for your children this summer this series will give you a lot of information. My children usually attend at least one summer camp of various kinds in our area, and they have a blast.
I am also giving away a free summer camp packing guide below!
Places to Look in Your Area for Local Day Camps
While there are summer camps that require you to travel to them, there are also plenty of local ones in most cities and towns. You may also get added benefits of local camps, such as only sending your child for the day instead of a sleepaway camp, and paying a very small amount. This list will help you find local day camps for your kids.
Parks and Recreation
A good place to start looking for day camps in your area is with the local parks and recreation department. This might include finding out if local parks or community centers offer camp.
You might have a local park that offers a day camp where kids learn about the native flowers and bugs at the park, get to go on a short hike, and have a picnic at the end. It is an excellent way for kids to enjoy the outdoors without having to travel too far or be away at camp for a long time.
Some local businesses will also provide day camps, though they are often very specialized. For example, you might have a business in your area that likes to work closely with girls and women, empowering them and helping them maintain their confidence and self-esteem.
You might find that there is a youth day camp hosted by such a business specifically for young girls and teens to re-build their confidence and help them when they get out into the business world.
Many towns and cities across the country have a local YMCA. This organization wants children to grow and learn in a safe environment. For that reason, they often provide day camps during the summer break.
This is meant to benefit the parents since you are able to go to work and know your kids are looked after while you are gone. For the kids, they get to meet new friends, participate in supervised activities, and get some good physical activity in. The plus side, is the day camp might be free or offered at a low cost.
Boys and Girls Club
The Boys and Girls Cub is similar to the YMCA though it tends to be less faith-based. They might offer day camps with indoor or outdoor activities and games, or specific programs, such as teaching a certain type of craft, creative writing, or a fun sport for the kids to play.
You can also try asking your children’s school administrative office for recommendations for day camps that are available locally.