With March break behind us, it is hard to believe that in less than 2 months another school year will come to an end. This passage of time is cause for celebration to school aged children everywhere. And many parents wonder what would be the best way for their child to spend their summer holidays.
For over a century, camp has been the tried, tested and true summer staple. Camps offer a child fantastic opportunities to play freely in nature with other children. As well, it is a chance to learn life-affirming skills. The camp experience also builds a child’s confidence and independence through the promotion of community, while preparing them for later stages in life.
Finding the right camp
There is a camp out there for every child, however not every camp is right for every child. A thorough investigation with your son or daughter’s interests and skills in mind could be a good place to start. Additionally, if your child is having difficulties with their school studies supplementary education centres such as Sylvan and Kumon which focus on math and reading skills are a good resource. Your child’s teacher could also be of assistance in pointing you to the right summer program.
Consider the age of your child and their personality type
For children under the age of ten, a day camp, where they can come home and gradually ease into the camp experience may be an option. Older and more socially confident children tend to be more comfortable with sleepover camps that can last for a month and/or even the entire summer.
Does your child love sports or are they an artistic type?
Maybe you have a future Olympian on your hands or just a child with energy to spare. There are several sport specific camps ranging from tennis to soccer to horseback riding. These camps are designed to help your child excel in their chosen sport or just acquire a taste for a new one.
For an artistic child consider enrolling them in an arts camp that will foster their creative talents in visual and performing arts, film or science.
Paying for it all
Camps are available at every price point. Prices for residential camps range anywhere from $200 to $1,000 a week and day camps from $25 to $100.
There are many funds are available to assist parents demonstrating financial need.
For further funding information please visit the following:
- Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund: tscbf.com
- Ontario Camps Association (OCA) Bursary and Subsidy Programs: ontariocamps.ca/parents/bursary_subsidy.html
- The City of Toronto’s Welcome Policy ensures access to municipal recreation programs: toronto.ca/parks/welcome_policy.htm
Regardless of the type of camp or length of stay, you can give your child an experience filled with memories that will last for a lifetime.