The new year has just started and believe it or not it is time to start thinking about what you’re going to do with your children for the summer. Once kids reach the “tween” and teen years their enthusiasm for summer camp may not be what you expect it to be. As kids reach a certain age and maturity they may think they are too old to be heading off to summer camp. How old is too old for summer camp? There is no real answer to that. You as the parent know that kids still need positive and structured activity throughout the summer.
Camps for Older Kids
When your child feels they are too old for summer camp and you feel they are still far too young to be spending their summers home alone there is a solution. There are tons of camps that are geared towards older kids and even teens. These camps don’t allow younger kids giving these kids a feeling of maturity. They still do safe, fun and exciting activities that are geared towards their age group. There is still supervision by adult staff and camp counselors are there to help and they are more experienced in working with older kids. Here is a look at a camp for older kids.
The tween and teenage years can be awkward and kids are constantly looking to fit in. They are not quite adults and no longer children interested in playing with toys. The key to getting them to enjoy the experience is letting them know that the programs are geared towards them. They are more likely to enjoy the whole idea of summer camp and they may even want to return the following year.
Finding a Summer Camp for Your Older Child
Where do you start to look for a summer camp for your older child? For younger kids it’s fairly easy you have probably already seen advertisements for them. Check with friends and colleagues to see what they plan on doing with their kids for the summer. You can also look online and see what types camps are available and where they are, there is a directory of summer camps that you can check out.
Older kids have the benefit of camps geared around specific activities, like sports, music or another hobby that they are really interested in. That may be what convinces them that summer camp is a good idea.