Summers are here and it won’t be long before kids get their annual summer vacation. Most kids get at least 5-8 weeks summer holidays. While you may plan to go for a summer holiday, it still doesn’t cover the entire period of the vacation. Hence, it’s a good idea to enroll your child in a summer camp where he will be engaged in interesting and fun activities. Check out these 7 tips to pick up a good summer camp in India:
With summer camps becoming popular, they are springing up just about everywhere; in nooks and corners, in schools and malls. So pick up a good one nearest to you, or else you will end up spending most of your time dropping and picking up your child.
Summer camp is a lucrative business; so many people are coming up with their own summer activity camps. Many schools, kindergartens and day care centers also run summer camps in their premises after the school term ends. It’s advisable to put your child in his own preschool as he will be comfortable with the staff. Also, kindergarten and day care center staff are experienced enough to handle the camps and the kids.
Some summer camps charge abominably high fees. Treat summer camps as recreational centers. Your child is not going to learn anything extraordinary in 15-20 days. So spend money accordingly.
On the other hand, your child will have fun, stay away from TV and tablets and you will get a breather for a few hours, consider all of that while making a decision.
Most summer camps run in at least two shifts – morning and noon. Enroll in one which is the most convenient for you. Also, find out the duration of the camp. I wouldn’t personally opt for a camp that runs only for a couple of hours, as in a metro city, you spend that much time in the traffic picking up and dropping your child. For a child who is 3+ years, he can easily stay for 3 hours in an activity camp.
Ask the camp if they will accommodate if you want your child to stay for longer hours.
Unlike schools, in summer camps there are kids ranging from various ages. Usually, they bracket kids from 2.5 – 5 years, 5-9 years and 9 – 14 years in different classes. But yes, your 3 year old will be in the same activity group as a 4 year old and a 9 year old will be more or less performing an activity with 5 year olds, which might not go very well with him.
So find out from the activity coordinator if your child will be able to cope up with or stay engaged in the one-for-all activities. Because if not, your child might not enjoy and refuse to go to the summer camp at all.
Check out the branch:
Many popular summer camps operate in many places in a city or cities simultaneously. But beware, not all branches/franchises are as good. When I was looking for a summer camp for my daughter, there was this camp that I had come across which seemed to be very popular in the social media and with other mothers. But later I came to know that not all its branches were as good.
- Talk to mothers coming out of the camp and get their feedback
- Ask for a review on social media
- Talk to the camp counselor
Summer camp activities:
Summer camp activities are very important for you to decide whether the camp is right for your child.
- Most camps share their weekly summer camp activities and themes with the parents. If not, ask them to share it with you. It helps parents to be informed about what their kid is going to learn next.
- These activities should be a clever combination of art & craft, sing-a-long, role play, etc. so that kids don’t lose interest.
- Check out if your child will be interested in those summer camp themes and activities. Many camps have this option where you can choose only the weeks where you find the activities interesting.
- For an older and outdoorsy child, overnight summer camps might be interesting. They can be adventure camps where kids learn trekking, rock climbing, rappelling, etc. or a night spent on a farm learning rural activities.
Hope these 7 tips come in handy while finding the right summer camp for your child in India. Have a great summer vacation along with your kid!