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If you have already overcome the hurdle of the safety and security worries over sending your child to Summer camp, it is now time to consider the best Summer camp for your child. First, you need to consider your schedule and your child’s interests. Here are seven steps to take when choosing the best Summer camp for your child.

  1. Consider your family's schedule.

Do you work full-time, part-time, or have a more flexible schedule? Is your child involved in another activity like dance during the afternoon? These factors will influence whether you choose a half-day, full-day, or overnight camp for your child. Half-day camps provide three or four hours of fun activities for your child, but you will have to be available to pick them up halfway through the day. This option allows your child to get used to the idea of Summer camp, and it also allows time for them to attend other activities such as soccer camp or gymnastics in the afternoon.

  1. What interests your child?

If they are immediately playing video games whenever they have free time, you may consider Summer computer programming camps. Does your child love singing and the spotlight? You might want to enroll them in a Musical Theater Summer Program.

  1. If you have more than one child, make it easier on yourself, and try to find a camp where you can enroll all of them.

Some camps involve all age levels and have various activities depending on the age group. These options can include Summer Bible School and dance classes.

  1. Do you have planned vacations?

If you have a summer vacation planned, or you are taking a week off work to spend with your children, you may only have a few weeks available for camp. There are various weekly camp options, and these will allow your children to explore a variety of activities and new places. Google specific camps such as “dance camp,” or “basketball camp.”  Google what your local area has to offer.  Check out your local recreation centers, schools, libraries, and churches, and start making calls to register before your available weeks are booked.

  1. Ask friends and family for recommendations.

  2. Share your choices with friends and family.

Once you have narrowed down your options, spread the word. Share the camps you are interested in with their friends’ parents so that they can start their Summer camp experience with friends.

  1. Book your chosen Summer Camp.

Register your children while there are still spots available.

If you live in the Cleveland, Ohio area, check out the brand new family adventure center, Adrenaline Monkey at for fun Summer activities and day camp options.

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