With money being tighter than ever, you might want to rethink the idea of camp for your child. In deciding to send your child to camp, you need to ask yourself several important questions. More important is the valid answers to these questions.
For example. In the 1980’s, I got to work Bob Knight’s Basketball camp at Indiana University. His camps had anywhere from 300 to 600 young boys. The camp specialized in skill development and team play. Every skill in the sport of the game of Basketball was broken down and repeatedly taught. I thought it was an outstanding camp.
On my last day, a set of fathers showed up and made the comment that the reason they sent their sons to Coach Knights camp was so that they would learn discipline. I thought to myself, this was a Basketball Camp not a discipline camp. They had sent their sons for the wrong reason.
Why do you send your child to camp? Is it for the right reason or is it to get them out of your life for a week.
Summer Camps or for fun, learning skills of some type, and getting the child to learn to take care of themselves with life skills.
Is the camp going to achieve what what my child is seeking? Children go to camp for many reasons. If it is band camp, they are working to improve musical skills. If it is a technology camp, it is to learn new skills in technology and how to apply those skills to everyday use. But, the major reason is independence and fun.
Is the cost worth it? With there being a premium on money more than ever, can you afford it. You might want to think the value of sending them to a particular camp. Overnight camps are not cheap. Food and boarding have risen in recent years. In some cases, they ave doubled. Maybe a day camp would be a better idea for your budget. Can you afford it?
Is your child going to be safe? If your child has health issues, will they be given the attention they need? Are their trainers, nurses, and medical personnel available? Will medicine be given out at the proper time? These are questions to consider as well.
Will they eat the proper foods? Some camps offer quick junk food to get by. They have so many children to handle and to keep costs down, the meals might not be as nutritious. always check ahead to see what the menu consists of.
Insurance availability. Are they covered or do you need additional insurance?
These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself before sending your child to camp.
I worked camps of all types in my lifetime. I always felt that if a child could have fun, learn to handle life skills, and pick up one or two new skills from the camp, that they were on their way to becoming a more mature individual. The question you have to ask as a parent is “Is it worth it, for the money I put in?”