With the arrival of spring, it's not all too long until summer arrives. I can't wait until the kids finish school for the year, although it's going to get hot! At this time of year, most people are thinking about their plans for the summer. Many parents can't afford to take the time off to be at home with the kids. They might be able to go on a family vacation, but not for the entire time their children are on a break! So the kids need something to do during the summer. While teenagers are usually fine on their own, younger kids need something to occupy them. Camp is a popular choice, whether it's a day camp or a sleep-away one. There are so many choices for what they can do that it can be tough deciding where to send them. Here are a few of my ideas.
Learn a Language at Camp
They might be out of school, but camp can be a great place to learn something new. You might associate it with being outdoors, but there can be more to it than that. One of the interesting things your kids can do is learn a language. Learning a second language at a young age can give them a significant advantage later in life. It makes it easier to pick up more languages, and will benefit them in their career and life. One of the best ways for children to learn is through immersion. You throw them in at the deep-end, and they quickly begin to pick up the new language. They could learn anything from Spanish to Japanese.
Lose Weight at Camp
Every parent wants their child to be healthy. Weight is often a concern for many parents, but it can be difficult to approach the issue. You might wish your child could lose weight, but you don't want to affect their self-esteem or give them a complex. Luckily, weight loss camps can help your kids to lose weight in a healthy way. The focus is on being active and eating well, instead of revolving around discussions of body image and avoiding "bad" things. Your child can have lots of fun and come home healthier, with a new-found passion for being outside.
Get Dramatic at Camp
Drama and theater camps have long been a favorite for many children and teens. If you have a budding actor on your hands, they're sure to love going to one of these camps. They'll get the chance to learn new skills and hone existing ones. There are usually productions that the parents can come and see at the end of the camp session.
Do Something Offbeat at Camp
Camp doesn't have to involve all the usual activities. You can find lots of weird and wonderful things to do. For example, there is a circus skills camp in Hartsdale, New York, and a Hollywood stunts camp in Running Springs, California. If your kids are a little off the wall, you can easily find a summer camp that suits them.
Family vacations are fun, but there's something to be said for sending the kids to camp. Find somewhere you like soon to book a place for this summer.