Showing posts with label activities for children. Show all posts
Showing posts with label activities for children. Show all posts

Tips For Finding Summer Camp For Kids

Summer camp for kids is more popular today than any other time. According to the American Camps Association, there are about 8000 sleep-away programs around the country that you can choose for your children and nearly an equal number of day camps.

With thousands of options to choose from, it can be quite difficult to make your mind up as a parent. How do you decide which camp to send your child to?

For starters, you can determine to only send your kids to a place that is accredited by the American Camp Association.


For accreditation, the Association judges each place on 300 counts. All you only need to do is to go to their website and find an accredited program.

You’ll know which are the best around. They've only approved of a couple of thousand so far among the thousands there are across the country.

To decide on a summer camp for kids in the family, first check out the database of the KidsCamps website that tells you where each camp is and what it offers.

Once you've narrowed it down to a few, you can call the director of the camp and talk to him. Ask about whether they do background checks on their staff for any kind of criminal tendencies.

You may want to run your own Instant Background Checks which includes criminal background checks and much more!

Also ask about how many campers they take on each season.You're looking for a place that's well staffed. About one camp staff member for 10 older campers isn't a bad idea.

If it's a camp for very little children, a lower ratio would be nice – about one staffer for every five kids would be perfectly acceptable.

Try to ask the camp director if he can cite any references in your town – people whom you can call in your town to ask about their experience.

If you really want to outsource the process of picking the right summer camp for kids in your family, try a camp advisory service. You'll find them advertising in your local papers or the online Yellow Pages.

These are little family operations that are free. They maintain information about hundreds of summer camps for kids around the country and the world and you can find out with them what camps are the safest and the best.

So how do these places make money, you ask? When they refer you to a camp, the camp pays them. Of course, that opens this up to all kinds of abuse. For the most part though, they manage to stay clean.

Guaranteed Fun Activities for Children

Before my wife and I had our son, we had few ideas about what types of activities for children were popular or what children liked to do for fun. Now that we have two children, we have become experts of sorts on fun activities for children that they will enjoy and that do not cost a whole lot, either.


One of the best activities for children is kickball. The reason that I say this is because kickball is a game that can be played by both boys and girls, has a very low risk for serious injury and is something that, in my experience, children really enjoy doing.

My daughter and son both love to play kickball, and it is never hard to get a group of youngsters from our neighborhood together to get a game going.

As a matter of fact, whenever we have a neighborhood get-together at one of our local parks, the adults all cook out and the kids invariably get a kickball game going.

I think one of my favorite activities for children involve board games, and Clue in particular.

When I was growing up, this was my favorite board game of all, and I am always amazed at how the children react whenever I get this game out.

Everyone loves the idea of trying to figure out who the murderer is and in what room with which weapon. It gets their minds working and it inspires them to use their imaginations.

I know on one occasion following a Clue game, the kids decided to do their own version of in our house!

My wife always says that one of her favorite activities for children is hide and seek. I can certainly understand this, because it takes practically nothing to play the game besides an object to use as base, it gives young people the exercise they need and it also affords them the opportunity to try to outwit each other.

I have seen the children in our neighborhood get into some of the most interesting and imaginative hiding places one can think of and then run like their pants are on fire for the base, all the while laughing and having a good time.

Activities for children can be found all over the place if one is looking.

A lot of them are activities that we enjoyed as children and a lot of it comes down to listening to what they want. I have found that when I suggest something to my kids and their friends, they are almost always up for it and end up having a great time.