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Many working parents are in need of child care during the summer months. Your child might enjoy attending some type of summer camp program. Camps give children the opportunity to further develop their talents, experience new activities, and learn new skills. Summer camps run in sessions. There may be options of 2 week, 1 month or 2 month sessions. They usually run full day schedules. They may provide transportation for an additional fee.
Summer camps serve children from 5 years to 15 years of age. In New York, camps are licensed by the Department of Health. There must be a director and a trained staff of counselors and assistants. Some camps specialize in the arts, sports, science or other interests.
When choosing a camp, some things to keep in mind are:
- Your child's age and maturity level
- Your scheduling needs
- How much you can afford to pay
- Location of camp
- Experience, age and background of counselors
- Group size and ratio
- How long has the camp been in business?
- Is there an open house or day when you can visit the camp (usually in the spring)?
- Does the camp offer scholarships or subsidy programs?
- Is transportation offered?
- Have you checked references with families that used the camp recently?
- Is the camp accredited by the American Camping Association?