There is a reason why summer camps are gaining in huge popularity today more than ever before, as more and more parents get to find alternative and responsible forms of teen engagement during the months of summer. Unfortunately, your choice of a summer camp can make or break your teenage son or daughter, so to speak; hence the reason to exercise a lot of caution. The process has been made even more complex by the availability of all manner of summer camps, making it difficult for a parent to truly decide that which is ideal for the teens. The good news is that the process does not have to be complicated or daunting, as long as you have some basic guidelines to get you started.
The last thing you would want is to have a teen who feels pressured or forced to attend a summer camp that you actually thought was perfect but which is nothing close to what they would have wanted; so first step is to engage your teen. The first step therefore would be to discuss with your teen on what their expectations of a summer camp would be. Most destinations will often have sessions structured on a weekly basis, so get to determine whether or not the session at the time you are considering sending your teen would be ideal for their needs. The third consideration would be on the skill set or interests of your kid.
Some of the skill sets and interests could be related to swimming, outdoor activities, sports, arts, computers, academics, horses, et al. All these will inform your decision on the right camp to choose based on their preferred skill set or interest that they may wish to sharpen further. The next important consideration is to establish whether the competitive, or non-competitive nature, thereof, of the summer camp you are considering, is in line with your teen’s personality. It would be unfair of you to send your kid to a camp where they will feel out of place because the environment was not conducive and in line with their personality. Would you prefer all-boys, all girls, or coed sleepaway summer camp? The next thing to look at is whether or not there is a provision of signing up another camper in the event you have more than two teenagers who would want to attend a summer camp. Should you sign several kids to the same camp or program, you might want to consider whether or not they have special discounts for such arrangements. When all is said and done, it is important to mention that summer camps are not only a fun time for your kids to socialize and network, but they also get to hone their special skills and at the same time get to develop the much needed level of independence as they grow.