Making a Camp Selection for Your K–8 Child

Summer Camp


Camp is one of the most exciting parts of summer for kids. It’s a place where they can learn new things, enjoy nature, and make memories with their friends. When it comes to making sure that your child has an amazing camp experience this summer, however, there are a lot of factors that need to be considered starting way before you even get to the camp itself. One of those factors is choosing which camps your child will attend. And while we won’t give you any specific recommendations on where our kids have gone (the best way to figure out what suits them is by trying different options), we’ll share some general tips for ensuring that yours have a great time at every camp they attend!

Start Early

Summer camps are a great way to make friends and learn new skills. If you are looking for a place where your child can learn about science, art, music, or language arts then summer camp is the best option. The only problem with this idea is that it’s often difficult for parents to find the right fit for their child at home because of where they live about other children who may also be attending these programs.

Give them a say in the Decision-Making Process

When you’re deciding what to pack for camp, let your child help make some of the decisions. For example, they might be able to tell you that they prefer a certain type of clothing over another one. Or perhaps they have an idea about what kind of activity will be fun for them and which ones aren’t so much so. Giving children this kind of input can help them feel more involved in their own vacation experience and also give them some perspective on what makes travel enjoyable (or not).

Determine what they get out of Camp

By now, you’re probably wondering how to go about finding out what your child wants. The first step is to talk with them and ask them questions about how they want to spend their summer. Here are some examples of things to consider:

  • Do they want to play sports?
  • Are there any programs that interest them?
  • What types of activities do they like doing best at camp?

Once you have an idea of what your child would like from a camp experience, it will be easier for you as their parent/caretaker and counselor/leader (if applicable) when it comes time for making the final decision about where he or she should go this summer.

Help them Prepare for the Experience

  • Prepare them. Your child needs to know what to expect, and you can help prepare them by talking about it beforehand. For example, you could say something like “I’m going camping in a tent by myself,” or “I’ll be sleeping in a bedroll on the ground.”
  • Make sure they’re excited about the experience and understand why they’re doing it that way they won’t be disappointed if things don’t go according to plan!
  • If their interest starts flagging during the trip or if they get homesick (which is common), try not to make them feel bad about it or hide from their feelings; instead, encourage open communication with you so that together we can find ways of dealing with these issues effectively and positively.

Ask around for Recommendations

  • Ask around for recommendations.
  • Look for reviews online.
  • Look for reviews in local newspapers and magazines.
  • Check out the social media accounts of other parents who have camped at your chosen camp, such as Twitter or Facebook groups dedicated to the camps you’re interested in visiting with your child(ren).

The Right Camp can be a great Experience for Kids and Parents alike!

Camp should be fun. It’s a great way for kids to learn new skills, make friends and build confidence in their abilities. Camp can also help your child get into shape by offering physical activities such as hiking and swimming.

It’s important to consider the type of camp that will work best for your child and how much time you have available. Some camps offer programs designed specifically for children with special needs or disabilities; others provide more general services like arts & crafts activities or sports programs (e.g., sailing). What do you want your child’s experience at camp to be like?


Camp can be a great experience for kids and parents alike! The key is to find a program that is right for you and your child. If you’re still not sure where to start, ask friends or family who have children of the same age range for recommendations. You might also want to check out our camp listings on our website or view them in person at one of our locations near you!