Comparing Day Camps

Most of the bigger cities have plenty of day camps, and every day camp offers something interesting to attract your child. Here are some things that you should look for and compare, in order to find the best day camp for your kid to have the best possible experience.

  • Check the prices. Set up a budget for the summer camp, and then you can limit the choices based on the cost of the camp. There are even some day camps that offer discounted prices for families that do not have much money, or even offer free scholarships. You can always ask for such things and see if you can get a discount.
  • Check out the special features of the camp. Does it offer something unique and interesting? What is their main focus on? If your child is particularly interested in something specific, for example science, find a day camp Staten Island that offers such program.
  • Check the extra options that the day camp is offering. What is free and what do you have to pay for? Some day camps offer free field trips, and some do not. There are some day camps that offer teaching and coaching swimming, tennis or boating, but you may have to pay extra for these extracurricular activities. Some camps also offer transportation for a certain fee, so it is always better to know these things ahead in order to plan your budget.
  • Check whether the camp offers meals or not. Some camps serve lunch, while others give just snacks, so you have to give your kid sandwiches or something else to eat for lunch. Before you register your kid for the day camp, find out whether they offer meals during the day.

Before you select a day camp, make sure that it meets these requirements:

–     The camp has to have a proper accreditation to work;

–     The camp has to offer outdoor summer activities;

–   The camp must have properly trained counselors and instructors that will supervise the children;

–   The camp has to have good discipline policies for handling different disagreements or disputes;

–    The camp also has to have an open door policy. That means you should be able to always visit and check out your kid, or observe the activities.

These are some of the things that you should compare between different day camps, before you decide in which camp to register your child.