How to Choose the Right Summer Camp for Your Child
Perfect Camp for Your Child Is Out There Waiting for You
Summer camp is often a place where children
cultivate lifelong friendships and have some of their most memorable life
experiences. At Pali Adventures, we understand that finding the perfect summer
camp for your child is no simple task and may even seem overwhelming given the
abundance of options.
There are many factors to consider when trying
to find the perfect summer camp for your child. At Pali Adventures, your child
can hone in on his or her interests (specialties), while also participating in
Before you begin your search for the perfect
summer camp, it’s important to ask yourself these questions:
·What are your child’s interests?
·What is your child looking to get
out of camp? (i.e. make new friends, learn a new skill, have fun)
·Are you looking for a day camp or
·Does location play a role in your
·Do you want to visit the camp
Read this guide for detailed information on how
to choose a summer camp:
the Right Type of Camp
One of the easiest ways to narrow down the
options is to help your child decide between sleepaway camp or day camp. If your
child feels more comfortable sleeping at home, then day camp might be the
perfect option. Day camp is a great way to keep your child active all summer
while maintaining close proximity to home, and mom and dad.
If your child has attended a day camp before and
feels comfortable sleeping over at friends’ houses, then it might be the
perfect time to start looking at overnight camp options instead. Overnight camp can be a huge step
in helping your child gain confidence and independence.
About Your Child’s Interests
Step one in choosing a camp should be to sit
down with your child and ask what he or she is interested in. Does your child
love swimming, archery, and crafts? Or do they prefer a more specialized experience?
If your child has a special interest, try to find a summer camp that will cater
to those interests. Summer camp is a perfect opportunity to cultivate passion
and creative expression. It is also a great opportunity to expand their
interests and to try new activities in a safe and supportive environment.
Pali Adventures offers over 20 amazing and unique specialties
for campers to choose from, and welcomes children of every skill level to
participate. Specialties include action sports, water sports, LARP, movie make-up,
culinary, fashion and so much more. Check out our full list of specialties and talk to your
child about whatever special interests they might like to pursue this summer.
One of the biggest factors in choosing a summer camp is
the spot where the camp is
located. If you’re considering a sleepaway camp that is out of town, decide
whether it would be more beneficial to drive there or to have your child fly.
Likewise, if you’re hoping to tour the camp and
the trip there will take longer than a day, you’ll want to read up on the area and see what
lodging options are nearby. Pali Adventures is located in the San Bernardino Mountains,
just 90 minutes from Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. Campers come
from across the country and around the world and arrive by car, bus and
airplane. You can find more information about getting to camp, fun things for the family to
do in the local area, and overnight
accommodations on our website.
When a camp is ACA
Accredited that means it follows the mission and over 250 standards of the
American Camping Association. At an ACA-accredited camp, you’ll find counselors
and staff members that care about the success of children, activities that
inspire outdoor growth in a fun and safe setting, and camp experiences that
help to develop life skills like responsibility, cooperation, courage, and
Sending your child to an ACA-accredited camp
means that as a parent, you can be assured knowing the high health and safety
standards in the camp environment, so you can focus on sending your child to
the camp that feels like the best fit for your little one’s interests.
Research on Camp First
When choosing the right summer camp for your
child, remember to consider the details and logistics involved. Look into the
history of the camp, current
staff members, directors, and counselors. If possible, consider doing a
tour on-site with your child before you make your final selection.
be fun and rewarding for your child be part of the
research process too. Camp is ultimately supposed to be exciting and memorable, so let the process of
finding the right camp be enjoyable, too.
For more summer camp information, visit the Pali blog.