Studying summer camps is an important step in finding the right camp for your child. And this summer, after a year of distance learning and limited socializing and activity, your child will need more summer in the camp than ever before.
Even during a pandemic, there are several ways to narrow down your options and choose the best camp for your child or family. Here’s how to start a camp search:
Video call with director
One of the best ways to learn about camping is to talk to the camp director. Many night camp directors have made home visits in the past so you can get to know the directors (and they can get to know you and your kids), but they zoom in on these meetings I moved it! Facetime, Google Meets, and Zoom make it even easier to get to know the camp director and inquire about the camp’s philosophy, mission, activities, and more.
Home visits in the courtyard and backyard
If you make a home visit, the camp director will be happy to make an outdoor visit when the weather warms up. Backyard and courtyard visits went very well this fall, and they will start again as the weather improves.
Day camp tour
Since day camps are local, we offer camp tours all year round, even in winter. If you have a day camp that interests you, call the director to schedule your tour. With touring, you can see camps and facilities even if they look different in the summer! The tour also allows you to ask questions in the camping environment. This often raises additional questions.
Spring open house and tour
When the weather warms up, many day and night camps offer socially distant open house dates and camp tours that allow you to see the camp before deciding on a camp.
Virtual camp fair
At camp fairs, families can usually meet dozens of camps in a single day. The camp fair was revisited this year as face-to-face events are difficult during COVID-19. New York family We offer a virtual camp fair that uses an online platform with algorithms to create one-on-one video calls between the camp director and qualified families based on criteria submitted by both the camp and the family. Four virtual camp fairs will be held on April 11th.
Camp website and social media
Do you already have some camps in mind to check out? The camp website and social media pages are full of information from the activities provided in the video. Looking at the camp website is a good starting point for your search, but it’s always important to talk to the camp director before registering to make sure the camp is right for your child.
Call the American Camping Association, NY & NJ
Did you know that the American Camping Association, New York, and New Jersey offer parents one-on-one free advice for parents looking for a day or overnight camp? The family can call Renee Flax at 212-391-5208 and talk to Renee about what they are looking for in the camp with their kids.
This story first appeared NewYorkFamily.com..