When people think of summer camp, they often think of sleeping overnight in an outdoorsy setting. While that might be the first thing that comes to mind, it isn't the only kind of summer camp for kids. Day camps are widely popular in the United States today. In this post, we are going to talk about why and how attending a day camp can benefit your child.
What is day camp exactly?
Day camp, by definition, is a summer camp that offers no sleeping accommodations and, therefore, children return home each night after the day's activities are complete. Typically, they run six to eight hours in length, but some offer longer hours depending on the program's facilities and staffing. Camps can offer many of the same activities and experiences as traditional sleep away summer camps, but can usually operate on a much smaller budget because of not having to provide and maintain bathing and sleeping quarters for campers.
What are the benefits?
These types of camps can be benefit kids in a big way. There is no doubt that when kids aren't in school, their brains can get a bit lazy or forgetful, shall we say. However, enrolling your child in a day camp program can help to keep their brains active and learning while still getting a break from the heavy structure of a normal school day. Furthermore, this type of program can provide physical activity as well as providing and teaching new skills to children in the program.
If you choose to enroll your child in the same camp for the entire summer, typically they study a variety of topics and change them up on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. For example, week one might be the study of North American animals while week two might be learning all about how small machines work. This type of camp program is great for children to build bonds with other students and also really connect with their group's teacher. However, if you choose several different camps for your child to attend throughout the summer, you and your child can really hone in on the skills you want him or her to learn.
Helpful for Parents
For many working moms and dads, figuring out what to do with their children while they are at work in the summer is a challenge. Programs such as Camp Fun Brain can be a perfect remedy to this situation and planning your child's summer is now easier than ever at Kwaddle. Whether you are searching for one program to cover the whole summer or planning individual weeks at different locations, we have partners that cover a variety of interests. Camps like Quest ATX even provide transportation and early drop off and late pick up services as well. Here's the other perk that has parents booking these programs year after year: they are usually cheaper than sleep away camps. If you need some other ideas on how to pay for these awesome activities, check out our post called 12 Creative Ways To Save for Summer Camp.