Stretch Your Dollar: Picking a summer camp

Stretch Your Dollar

The year is flying by and before long your kids will be out of school. If you still need to find summer entertainment for your kids, we’re stretching your dollar with help picking the right summer camp.

It’s only a matter of time before parents start scrambling for way to entertain their little ones for the summer. 

Camp is a popular choice, but what works for one child may not suit another.

“If your child is not ready for an overnight camp perse, then day camp can be a great transition for them,” said Eric Hutchinson the director of marketing at the Wallingford YMCA

He says while choosing a camp that’s close to home may be convenient, the cost won’t be worth it if it’s not the right fit. So before you sign up do a little leg work.

“You should definitely be looking at what’s included in the camp and what’s not included,” said Hutchinson. “A lot of camps have different add-ons and experience packages that you can purchase and upgrade. Most YMCA Camps offer free swim lessons.”

Be sure to ask if you’ll be paying for lunch or if that’s included.

Of course, topping the priority list is safety! 

“You should look at the history of the camp and how long they’ve been around. Also, just good reviews, what people are saying, different mission statements that are appearing online and word of mouth is great,” said Hutchinson. “So talk to your friends. Where are people in the community going?”

Many camps are enrolling now. If you find one you like, booking multiple sessions up front may save you money in the long run. 

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