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Why choose Summer Camp?

From the American Camp Association: Camps build skills necessary to prepare campers to assume roles as successful adults. "In a study conducted by Philliber Research Associates, Parents, campers, and camp staff independently reported growth in areas such as self-confidence, independence, making friends, exploring and learning new activities, and spirituality. Indeed, camp provides growth experiences for youth that can benefit them through adulthood." Read more about the study and its findings on the American Camp Association Page here.

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With so many programs out there, how do I find the right fit for my child?

Step 1: Learn about options and types of programs in your area.

If you are considering enrolling your child in summer camp, it's never too early to begin learning about the different types of programs, schedules, costs, and registration procedures for programs in your area.

When choosing a summer camp program, reputation and word of mouth suggestions are meaningful resources; however a great fit for one family may not be the best match for your child and family. We recommend you begin by thinking about your child's interests and temperament and start by making a list of important camp feautures that you would like in a program.

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  • Conduct a simple search online to find camps available in your area. For example, if your child loves rollerblading type in "Rollerblading Summer Camp" or maybe your child loves cooking, type in "Cooking Camps Chico California", or start by searching "Summer Camps Chico CA".

  • Perhaps your child is ready for an overnight camp, you may look for camps within a 2 hour radius of your location.
     

  • You can also use resources like local activiy guides; North State Parent Magazine and Growing Up Chico are some examples of local magazines with activity suggestions.

Step 2: Ask important questions to determine which program(s) from your search fits your child and your needs as a parent.

Examples of Important Questions to consider:

  • What is the camp's schedule?

  • What are the hours of operation?

  • What are the camp's opening and closing dates?

  • What are the costs/registration fees?

  • What is the refund policy, if, for any reason, you commit and your child cannot attend camp?

  • Are staff members required to wear masks? What about children?

  • How does the summer camp accommodate children who have special needs?

  • Are camp staff required to be certified in CPR & First Aid?

  • What is the ratio between staff and campers?

  • What are the camp staff's qualifications and experience?

  • What are the camp director's qualifications and experience?

  • What is the daily routine?

  • What activities does the camp offer for children? Do the children choose activities?

  • Can siblings interact with each other during the day at camp?

  • How does camp help first-time campers get oriented and comfortable with the program?

  • What is the camp's approach to discipline? What happens in the case of a serious rule infraction?

  • Are lunches provided by the camp? Are snacks provided?

Asking important questions will help you narrow in on the right choice for your child and family.

Set your child up for success by finding a program that fits their age and developmental level.

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Step 3: Assess your findings and decide which camps appeal to your childs needs and desires & fits your family schedule.

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Step 4: Don't wait! Once you have narrowed in on your choice, make sure to register! The best camps tend to fill up quickly - don't miss your chance to register!

Summer Camp will be a fun and rewarding experience for your child. We wish you luck in finding a program that will benefit your family. Want to know how we know so much about camps? Check out our awesome summer day camp, Camp Wild Heart!