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5 Tips to Choosing the Best Summer Camp Programs for Kids

With so many summer camps to choose from, how do parents know what to look for in finding the right fit for their kids?

Written by Sarah Antrim

5 Tips to Choosing Best Summer Camp Programs for Kids

Not all children are the same, so what might be the right fit for one may not be for another. Never fear, ActivityHero is here to help!

We’ve put together some tips on how to choose the best summer camp programs for kids this year.

1. Think about what your child is getting out of the school year, and then consider what they’re missing.

A deeper connection to nature and the outdoors? An opportunity to build on the core academic subjects of the school year?

Determine what you think matters in your child’s development, and view summer as a chance to fill in the missing pieces.

2. Once you’ve narrowed down the subject matter, look for these things:

  • Adult supervision that both inspires your kids and keeps them safe.
  • A ratio of no more than 10 kids per staff member.
  • Age group divisions for kids that span no more than 2-3 years.
  • Positive reviews of the program’s effectiveness and
  • A Director who is experienced, passionate, and organized.

3. Ask as many questions as possible. Here’s a few questions that parents should ask about summer camp programs:

  • What is your program trying to accomplish with children?
  • Who is the director? How many years have they been directing the camp? What does he/she look for in the staff he/she hires?
  • Who is going to be working directly with my child?  What is their education level? How are they trained?
  • How do you develop your curriculum? What are the learning objectives of the program?
  • Do high school students have direct supervisory responsibility for campers?
  • What are the age groupings and camper to staff ratios?

4. Focus as much on who the people will be working with your child as you do the content.

No matter what the summer camp program, the people will drive what your child takes away from the experience.

5. Seek out programs that offer consistency and minimize transitions in location, staff, and fellow campers.

Choosing the best summer camp programs for kids is only possible if you make kids as comfortable and educated as possible about the process. Set your kids up for success by not signing them up for too many different camps.

Find out ahead of time what the first day check in scene will be like, then describe it to your child ahead of time so they know what it will be like. You want to avoid a lengthy separation process on the first day.

With the thousands of summer camp programs available, choosing the best for your kids can sometimes feel like trying to shove a square peg into a round hole. With these simple tips, you can help to set your kids up for success this summer.

Search all of our camp listings and find the perfect fit for your child, your schedule, and your budget at ActivityHero.com

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Indian Dance Class: Q&A With An Expert






What can your child expect when taking Indian dance classes? We talked to one San Francisco Bay Area expert to find out.

Bidisha Odissi

Indraadhanush Center for Excellence may have a long name, but it’s also carries a long list of achievements in the world of Indian dance. From Bollywood to classical dance forms, Bidisha Mohanty conducts workshops and lecture series, as well as regularly passing on her vision to her students that go on to perform in many events and competitions. Summer camp season is a great time of year to try out a new pastime, and in the San Francisco Bay Area, this dance center is well-equipped to welcome the beginner.

Bidisha recently provided with some answers to common questions parents may have when it comes to enrolling their kids in dance classes.

Q: Tell us more about your class philosophy.

A: Impart the appreciation of dance in our lives. Learning a dance routine brings about collaboration in spirit, discipline, respect, confidence.

Q: What surprises/delights the kids most about your class?

A: Kids always find my class very entertaining. They get to learn something new every time & in a fun way.

Q: What’s your happiest/ proudest moment as a teacher?

A: When I hear from my students and their parents about how they appear more confident and lively in their social lives. I have had this pleasure many, many times but I want to keep them coming.

Q: Which student milestone do you look forward to?

A: For a new student, it will be the first performance on a stage with an audience full of strangers. People start to stammer to speak a few words when asked to talk before an unknown audience, but these kids will dance for 5-8 minutes, which is pretty tough. For experienced students, in a particular dance discipline, it would be attainment of certifications to signify their proficiency at a certain level.

Q: What is one important question that parents should ask you before joining this kind of class?

A: They need to know that if the kids are taught in a fun way, it will encourage them to continue the dance form in the future. If the aim is to perform in upcoming performances or competitions; they need to ask about the involvement level of classes and rehearsals.

Q: Any tips or tricks for parents and students?

A: Have a light snack at least 45 mins before the class starts and keep yourself hydrated during the class. Practice your dance steps 2-3 times/week.
If your kids are interested in learning a form of dance that will teach them confidence, discipline and beauty, consider enrolling them at Indraadhanush Center for Excellence. With years of experience under her belt, Bidisha and her staff will happily cultivate your son or daughter into an accomplished dancer. Today it may be a simple summer camp session –- tomorrow perhaps a Bollywood audition!

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