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Choosing a Summer Camp Winner

April 28th, 2014

By Tammi Roy

Summer is right around the corner and many are already planning their sun-filled days of BBQs, camping, the end of the school year and sending the kids off to summer camp.

While there's much to do during the summer months, summer camp is a way to keep some of the boredom at bay, learn new things, make memories, and {lets face it}, camp gives us a break as well.

There are so many options when it comes to summer camps, it's easy to feel overwhelmed when sifting through them all. So, to help sort the chaos and choose a winner, here are my tips:

1} What are your child's interests? Consider your child's personality and interests and start narrowing down that list. You'll notice ones geared toward sports, outdoor recreation, music, dance, theatre, arts and more. Ask your child what they'd like to try.

2} What is your budget? Summer camps can cost a hundred to a thousand dollars, depending on length of time, location and interest. Set your budget and know your options on what you are willing to spend.

3} Time? Some camps are overnights and all week long. Others could be during each day of one week while others are half-days. Consider the age of your child and their comfort level when making your decision. Also, take your other summer plans into consideration, you don't want to double book!

4} Talk to other parents! Get the dish on the organization, philosophies and hear some 'reviews' from others that have experienced this camp. Perhaps you'll learn that your child's bestie is going to a certain one, and it would make the experience better {and more comforting} for your child. Who knows, you could even carpool! There's strength in numbers, parents, you just have to ask!

The summer months are full of warm possibilities. Here's to a happy, healthy, safe and FUN summer camp season!

Tammi is the mom of three girls (twins plus one) and is passionate about photography, food and travel (with luck, all at once). Her thoughts on parenthood and all the chaos in between can be found on her popular parenting blog, My Organized Chaos. While has been widely recognized as a leading Canadian woman in social media, she is an ordinary mom often found pacing the kitchen wondering what to cook for dinner.

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