Stretch Your Dollar: What to look for in a summer camp

Stretch Your Dollar

As we get ready to kick off summer, it’s time to think about entertainment for the kids. We are stretching your dollar with what you want to look for in a summer camp.

May is Safety Around Water Month, which is a good reminder as you choose your child’s summer camp for the season!

Eric Hutchinson with the YMCA in Wallingford suggests you look for a camp that includes a valuable learning experience like swimming lessons.

“With swimming being the #1 cause of death in children ages 1-4 and the number 2 cause of death in children ages 5-15, it’s really crucial that we teach kids to swim at an early age. Drowning is 100% preventable,” said Hutchinson.

You can start kids in swimming lessons as young as six months.

Something else to look for in a camp, make sure they’re properly licensed and trained to protect your little one.

“Make sure that they are background checking their staff, make sure the children are safe and the staff have gone through the proper credential process to be able to care for your child,” said Hutchinson. “A lot of people like to refer to themselves as camp because they’re running a summer program but they’re really not a licensed camp so ask the question.”

Never underestimate the importance of reviews and recommendations from families you trust.

From half days to sleep away camps, there are options and opportunities for a productive summer. You just want to be sure you’re getting the most out of your money.

Speaking of the Y, they have a free healthy kids day coming up on June 15th at Doolittle Park that will give you the opportunity to see what a YMCA camp is like. There will be food, vendors and camp activities.


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