5 Ways to Save on Summer Camp

Want to pack your kids’ summer with fun — while still staying on budget? Check out these 5 tips to save money on summer camps, from the experts at ActivityHero.

By ActivityHero Staff

save on summer camp

Tip 1: Look for summer camp discounts

Smart shoppers on ActivityHero save over 30% by combining early bird, multi-session and sibling discounts. The most common summer camp discount is the early bird discount.

After April, you may not find as many early registration discounts, but sibling and multiple week camp discounts are often still available. The average family saved 12% with multiple week discounts and 6% with sibling discounts.

Tip 2: Balance specialty camps and recreational camps

If you’ve been shopping for camps, you have probably seen a wide price range. Some specialty camps, such as programming or horseback riding, are priced higher because the equipment or instructors are more costly. A week of coding camp at Digital Media Academy starts around $799.

By contrast, some recreational sports and day camps can cost a lot less. Camps held at the local park or school soccer field don’t have as much expenses to cover. For example, a week of soccer camp at AYSO Soccer Camp starts around $182.

Your child might be interested in many types of activities, so mixing in a few different camps can keep your average cost lower.

Tip 3: Consider one day sessions

Sending kids to camp for a day or two at a time can be a great way to break up the monotony of summer, or to supplement your other child care arrangements. Kids still get to experience all the fun of camp, but you’re only paying for the days you need. CD’s Kids Art Studio and Steve & Kate’s are examples of camps that offers this type of flexibility. (And if it’s a very popular camp, we recommend registering as early as you can to make sure you secure your spot.)

Wizbots Robotics Summer Camp offers value pricing instead of camp discounts

Wizbots Robotics Summer Camp

Tip 4: Find “value priced” camps

Some camps, like Wizbots, a robotics camp in the San Francisco Bay Area, believe in “providing a quality program at the best value price,” and don’t offer any additional camp discounts. These programs might have every day lower prices, or they may offer longer hours or extended care at no extra charge.

What’s considered to be a low price varies by region. In the SF Bay Area, a full day camp that is $350 or less per week catches parents’ attention.

Tip 5: Apply for scholarships and financial aid

Your family may also be able to get assistance from camp scholarships or financial aid. Some camps offer a sliding-scale rate depending on your family income. Some scholarship applications are available on ActivityHero, or you can contact the camp directly to ask about scholarships.

Bonus: Tell a friend

Many camps offer a referral bonus when you invite a friend to camp. On ActivityHero, you can earn $36 by inviting three friends, and your friends save money too!

About ActivityHero Team

The ActivityHero Team is based in California and includes staff members and bloggers who love to share what they know about parenting, keeping kids active, choosing just the right camps and classes, and running successful businesses for kids.