How to Choose a Camp for Tweens

Dealing with middle schoolers is tough on so many levels. They’re technically able to stay at home alone during the summer. But what will they be doing? Choosing a day camp for your tween is not about day care. It’s about enrichment and skills development. For a well-rounded summer, there are several key areas to cover.

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The Best Age to Start Overnight Camp: Younger is Better

If you google “best age for overnight camp” or “is my child ready for sleepaway camp,” you’ll find a slew of blog posts from various parenting websites.  Most of them include the caveat that every child is different. Meaning there is no perfect age to send your child off to a cabin in the woods to be cared for by a teenager. For some it’s Six, for others it’s Never. I have one of each in my family.

However, experts say that younger kids do better. Find out why.

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Give Summer for Christmas

As your children get older it can be difficult to come up with meaningful gift ideas. The ease of picking out a Lego set or an American Girl doll accessory seems like a distant memory. Now all they want is a sparkly new gadget. And you’re wondering, what is the value in getting them the latest model of a device they already have?

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Questions to Ask Camp Directors When Considering Sleepaway Options

There are other ways you can ascertain whether the camp is right for your child besides scouring camp websites for hidden insights. Personal tours, open houses, in-home info sessions, and family camp weekends provide opportunities to meet the staff and see things first-hand. If you can’t make it to one of those, set up a time to speak with a camp director on the phone. Come prepared with a list of questions.

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When Should I Register for Overnight Camp?

The answer is Now. Run, do not walk, to that online application.

Registration for overnight camps is a little crazy. Some camps ask you to sign up for next year when you pick your kids up. Many popular camps in North Carolina are already running a waitlist in September.

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