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Tips for Choosing the Best Summer Camp for Kids

 

Tt-sunscreenRunnemede, NJ (Grassroots Newswire) May 5, 2014 - The “official” start of 

summer may be Memorial Day Weekend, but parents with school-age children 

need to begin to think about summer camp programs now. Tony Serrano, 

Franchise Owner of Kiddie Academy of Runnemede, an educationally focused 

child care provider in Runnemede, reminds parents that popular camp 

programs fill up quickly, so for the widest choice of programs that fit 

your children’s and your family’s needs, the time to start the search is 

now.

“Parents want their children to be safe, active and happy at camp,” said 

Tony Serrano. “Kids want to have fun, spend time with friends, and feel 

like they are on vacation.  With a little research, family discussion and 

give-and-take, both parents and kids can discover a summer camp program 

that works. But the key is to start the search early, while many programs 

are still accepting new registrations.”

 

With so many programs to choose from, it makes sense to narrow down your 

choices with some practical criteria. Serrano suggests using the following 

tips to find a program that fits with the family schedule and their 

children’s interests:

 

* Keep your needs in mind.  If yours is a busy two-working-parent family, 

you may have to rule out some camps that don’t offer extended hours or 

simply don't fit with your work schedule.

* Team up with a friend. Talk to the parents of one or two of your child’s 

friends, and choose a camp that works for both families.  The children 

will have a built-in buddy at camp, and you'll have someone to share 

pick-up and drop-off duties.

* Take an informal survey.  Talk to your child's friends directly about 

their favorite camps.  They may help you add new possibilities to your 

list.

* Consider childcare providers.  Some childcare providers boost their 

programs with traditional camp activities over the summer.  This is a 

great choice if you have more than one child, as they accept more than one 

age group.

 

Once you have identified the programs that will work for the whole family, 

it’s time to consider – and talk to your child about – the program itself. 

Serrano suggests that parents weigh the merits and benefits of different 

types of programs, like the ones listed below:

 

* Sneak in continuing education.  Good camp programs combine educational 

enrichment with fun activities.  At a great camp program, your kids won't 

even notice they're building on school skills.

* Try something new.  Summer camps are a great opportunity for children to 

explore their abilities and learn new skills. Your child can sample a new 

activity like dance, music, or martial arts at camp before you make a 

commitment to six months of lessons during the school year.

* Consider the kids' perspective.  For your kids, summer is vacation time, 

so get their input on camps you are considering.  This way, they will know 

you are keeping their interests in mind when you choose a program.

 

“Summer camp programs can help your children test their boundaries 

socially, physically, mentally and emotionally,” said Serrano. “The more 

relaxed atmosphere of a summer program helps open children up to new 

experiences. The right program can help a child develop leadership skills 

and a sense of independence, which are important building blocks for 

future academic and personal success."

 

Structured around Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® 

curriculum, the Camp Adventure program at Kiddie Academy of Runnemede 

offers fun-filled events, special guests and field trips along with 

physical and creative activities.  Camp Adventure is designed to help 

build character, grow self-confidence and reinforce school skills.

 

For more information about Kiddie Academy of Runnemede, please contact 

Tony Serrano at 856-939-1717 or runnemede@kiddieacademy.net.

 

About Kiddie Academy®

Since 1981, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child 

care.  The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 

years old, offering full time care, before- and after-school care and 

summer camp programs.  Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® 

curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help 

prepare children for life.  Kiddie Academy is using the globally 

recognized AdvancED accreditation system, signifying its commitment to 

quality education and the highest standards in child care. For more 

information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

 

About Kiddie Academy® Franchising

Kiddie Academy International, Inc. is based in Maryland and has nearly 120 

academies located in 23 states, including two company-owned locations. 

Approximately 70 additional academies are in development, with 15 to 20 

new locations slated to open each year.  For more information, visit 

www.kafranchise.com.

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