The end of May and the beginning of June will be accompanied by the end of the school year. This year has been an interesting format for school, including zoom classes and hybrid learning. Whether your child has been home more lately, or is just getting back to in person learning, there are many options for summer fun! No matter where you live, there are amazing options for hands-on learning and outdoor activities for your child. With varying time commitments and prices, you can narrow down your choices to find the best option for your family.
- Overnight Camp
Who doesn’t love the idea of summer camp? Many of us remember fondly the weeks that we spent overnight in rundown cabins with some of our friends. Overnight summer camp is a great option for kids who are ready to get outside and explore. This type of camp is best for older elementary level children. Most people recommend that overnight camp is not the best option for kiddos under 7 years of age. Overnight camp is a very new environment with lots of exciting possibilities. Camps near you will likely offer swimming, boating, crafts, ropes courses, hiking, sports and other activities. Sometimes, younger children will struggle with homesickness and adapting to such a stimulating environment. Many camps offer an option to come to camp for the day or for a few days, instead of a whole week!
- Day Camp
Day camp is another great option for a fun summer activity. This option is great for parents who are working throughout the day. Most day camps run from about 8 am to 4 pm. Your kids will have an opportunity to meet new people and participate in all kinds of activities. The traditional day camp will involve lots of fun including music, sports, swimming, hiking, crafts and more. In the recent few years, there has been more of a push for themed day camps. If your child has a specific interest, check out day camps near you. Many science centers, art centers, zoos and children’s museums will offer day camps. Your child may be able to spend their day learning about animals, creating scientific experiments or learning to mold clay.
- Accessible Camps
If your child has care or physical needs that you feel would not likely be met at a traditional camp, you can check out some nearby accessible camps! There are camps throughout the country that accommodate children with disabilities and medical conditions. If your child has DIPG, you may be able to do a family retreat for those affected by cancer. These camps can be found throughout the country and a list can be viewed at this link. Getting outdoors and connecting with your family can be an amazing experience. It has also been very healing for families, especially when they are able to connect with other parents who may be experiencing similar situations.
By Grace Ison