February Vacation Week has come and gone, and it's already March, which means it's time to start thinking about April Vacation Week! If you want to be sure to get a spot for your child in a great camp, this is the time to start considering the options.
My first roundup of 2014 April Vacation Week camps highlights programs that get kids outdoors, exploring nature. These camps also give campers a preview of the traditional summer camp experience. Read on to find out more about 4 nature-centric vacation camps you won't want your kids to miss.
This time of year, the planners, the worriers, and the Type A personalities among us start obsessing about finding the right summer camp for our kids. The bad news is that most of the camp fairs have already come and gone. The good news is that the open houses are just getting started. (To find upcoming camp open houses in Boston, use the keyword search in our Events Calendar.) That’s great, but you might be wondering where to even start. After all, there are hundreds of camps in the Boston area. It has been a long time coming, but we finally have the tool you need: A Camp Directory! The Mommy Poppins Boston editors have chosen quality camps in and around Boston to include in the directory, and there are multiple ways to search for camps your child will love. Keep reading for the answers to your burning questions, like where to find this handy dandy directory, how to use it, and what other camp resources we have to help you on your quest for the right summer camp for your child.
Parents talk about where to send their kids to school an awful lot, but you don't hear nearly as much planning about where to send the kids to summer camp. But I think that four or eight weeks of sleepaway camp can have a much greater impact on a child than an entire year of school. Why? Maybe because at camp, the lessons are all learned through experiences rather than books. Or maybe it's the independence they have there. Or that kids have a chance to try things they would never do in their regular everyday lives.
Whatever the reason, sleepaway camp is one of the most powerful and formative experiences a kid can have, so finding the right program is really important. There are specialty camps that focus on arts, sports, science, etc. but regular old general interest camps where kids spend time communing with nature are great too.
Every child should experience the magic of summer camp. After all, summer at overnight camp is the adventure of a lifetime. It’s where kids discover who they really are, build connections and create memories they’ll hold onto for their entire lives. And, it also happens be a whole lot of fun.
For years the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) has worked to help children experience the immersive atmosphere of Jewish camp where Jewish values, connection to Israel, and the culture of Judaism are entwined with sports, arts and crafts, and friends. With a Find-A-Camp tool, grant program, and the brand new BunkConnect pilot program, Jewish camp should be accessible for every family.
Decide which summer camp to send my kids to in January? I’m still looking for the snow boots! But ready or not, the camp registration - and camp fair - season has begun.
Camp fairs can be a great source of information about all the options available for your kids, but also overwhelming with the information you can come away with. The American Camp Association, New England has some tips on getting the most out of attending a camp fair, and answers questions about bringing kids along and types of questions to ask the representatives. And we are updating our Camp Guide on a regular basis, so be sure to check back as you consider the different options for your kids' summer fun.
A round up of the first camp fairs of the season follows:
Are you still looking for good camp options for December Vacation? Need some structure for your little one during the time off from preschool, or a great gift for your budding artist? We’ve found a few more vacation week camps, and a couple of them are for little tykes, too! Read on to find out more about camps for nature enthusiasts, LEGO fanatics, young artists, and preschoolers with a lot of energy to burn.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had the day off every time the kids got a day off from school? If you’re scrambling to find childcare for December vacation, take a look at these camps in and around Boston. You may not have the day off, but you can rest easy, knowing that your kids are safe, staying active and having fun (while you toil away at work).
If you're planning to be home for the holidays and need some fun things to do with the kids during those long school-free days, check out our Holiday Fun Guide for ideas aplenty.
So, like me, you’ve waited until now to think about summer camp. Or maybe you just moved here. Whatever the reason (ahem – procrastination), if you haven’t already registered your child for camp, it’s too late. Right?
Wrong. Although many camps are full, there are still plenty of good options to choose from. As of now, these camps have a few openings, so check them out and register your child before the remaining spaces fill up! You might also want to check out our Summer and Vacation Camps Guide for more ideas.
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