Six Keys to Choosing the Right Camp for You

When choosing a camp, it’s important to consider your family's priorities.



Children come in all shapes and sizes, and so do camps: there’s day and residential, specialty and traditional, and that’s just the beginning. All offer a chance to develop lifelong friendships, take on new challenges, learn some new skills and hone some old ones.

So, there can be a lot to think about. Thankfully, there are some great tools you can use in order to find them. OurKids.net includes a customizable search page that can significantly reduce the legwork involved with creating a short list. Simply enter the age and interests of your child and the search will browse 1,000+ camp sessions and programs to return the best matches for you.

Beyond the search tool, there are also in depth guides on the various types of camps, the kinds of programs they offer and how to know which ones are safe and ‘good’.

When choosing a camp, it’s important to consider your family's priorities. Is a particular setting important? Are you seeking an educational, sport focused, or traditional camp? Only you can answer these key questions and discover, through careful research, what would be the right camp for your child. Consider the following 6 key elements before you choose your child’s camp this year:

Variety and Diversity
When choosing a camp, it’s important to consider your family's priorities. Is a particular setting important? Are you seeking an educational, sport focused, or traditional camp? Only you can answer these key questions and discover, through careful research, what would be the right camp for your child. But, before diving in, know that there really is something for everyone.  

Programs and Activities
Choices to suit every child's interest— from extreme sports, robotics, school credit courses, nature study, dance and performing arts to more traditional recreational activities like canoeing, hiking and swimming. Many camps also have specialty programs for children with special needs.

Girls, Boys or Coed
Although all camps have separate cabins for girls and boys, some also have separate sections or are entirely just for boys or girls. Which would your child prefer?

Ages
Four-year-old to teenage campers look up to young adult counsellors as models who look up to adult staff as mentors—kids "grow up" in a special community.

Staff
Often drawn from a range of fields and backgrounds—embracing and reflecting the distinctive culture and values of the individual camp.

Campers
All walks of life and faces of the world—varying socio-economic circumstances, needs, abilities and cultural backgrounds.

About: Our Kids is the Trusted Source to summer camps and private schools in Canada. Learn more about the key benefits of camp, browse and compare the best programs and register for the annual Camp Expo in Toronto on February 20, 2016 at www.ourkids.net. A great camp is waiting for your child or teen! Free tickets are available online at www.ourkids.net/campexpo.

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