Thursday, February 07, 2013
Hard to believe, but it’s time to start thinking about summer camps and programs. Aquatics, dance,nature, robotics and sports are just a few of the summer camp options available for tots to teens and all skill levels at hundreds of locations around the County.
Choosing the perfect summer camp can sometimes be overwhelming, with so many factors to consider, and having a strategy can make things easier. A good way to begin is to determine programs that will be interesting and stimulating for your child and that work in the scheduling for the whole family. The following checklist may make it a little easier when determining the summer camps that best fit your family’s needs.
Determine your child’s preferences for summer programs
- Loves outdoors or indoors
- Thrives in small group or large groups
- Likes structured activities or prefers unstructured free-play
- Prefers active sports or less physical
- Outgoing and enjoys the spot-light or quieter, more reserved
- Has multiple interests or focused interest
Sports, creative arts, history, computers, science, math, or traditional camps and summer fun centers are a just a few of the options.. Does it fit the family schedule?
Morning and afternoon rush hours can cause havoc when traveling in Montgomery County, so it is important to have drop-off and pick-up locations that are convenient. Some factors to consider:
- Work schedule
- Carpooling schedule
- Siblings’ schedules
Montgomery County Recreation has locations throughout the County. Extended hours can be a lifesaver for families with scheduling challenges and offer supervised play activities before and after camp hours.Does the program fit the family budget?
- Consider the number of children you will be sending to camp
- Determine a budget for the entire summer
- When looking at costs, it is often helpful to weigh the benefits of a more expensive program. The quality of a program is not determined by the cost of the program, but rather by the staff training, staff-to-participant ratios and adherence to guidelines and safety standards.
Summer Fun Centers are a great option for budget-minded families. The $350 registration fee covers six weeks of summer programming at locations throughout the County.
Registration for Recreation Department camps and programs opened on January 22. Early registration is encouraged, as many programs will fill early. The new 2013 Summer Camp Guide is available at: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec
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