Planning for Camp Now ????
by Michele Klein
Dear Mom and Dad,
I'm a little sad. It's the
last week of camp. I've made a lot of new friends,
learned how to throw a curve ball, and passed the deep
water swimming test. I miss both of you a lot but I wish
camp would last forever. See you Saturday.
If this is the letter you
hope to receive at the end of your child's stay at camp
then now is the time to begin planning. You ask yourself
how can you plan for the hot, hazy days of summer when
snow drifts are creeping up to your sill? Yes, this is
the time. The majority of summer camps are filling up
quickly. You don't want your child to go on a waiting
list and miss the best possible summer of his or her
If you are ready to begin, you want to
be sure that you have time for you and your child to make
a well considered decision of where to go. A camp
experience may have a significant impact on your child's
life. If you wait too long before looking at camps, you
will regret the decision you made because it was made at
the last minute.
Where can you go for help? Names of
camps come to parents in many ways - word of mouth, an
advertisement, or an article. These approaches may sound
simple and quick, however, their consequences are often
less than satisfying. Each family's needs and the
interests of each particular child vary. You must begin
evaluating such issues as - type, size, cost, location,
and philosophy of each camp.
Camp advisory services can provide
parents with assistance and specific camp
recommendations. National Camp Association provides a
free camp advisory service to the public. For further
information or assistance call 800-966-CAMP, or local
212-645-0653, by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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