Where are your kids going to camp this summer?
As summer camp website publishers, we speak with many parents looking for outstanding camp programs for their kids.
Some families want a traditional sleepaway camp experience. Others are hunting for that perfect day camp , while still others have no perceived notion about which kind of camp would be best for their kids. They'll know it when they find it.
Yet despite so many different approaches to finding a camp, there also seems to be one common thread among every parent we talk to: Nobody can believe the school year's almost over and the summer camp sign up season is upon us!
Have you already signed up your child for camp?
Many parents have already arranged summer camp programming for their kids. Savvy moms and dads know many camps fill up early and didn't want to run the risk of their child missing out. If you're one of the early birds who already registered your child in the program of your choice, pat yourself on the back and accept hearty congratulations from us!
But what if you haven't signed up for camp yet?
Will your child miss out on your number one camp because you waited too long to sign up?
Please don't worry! Even though a few camp directors we spoke to last week said they're close to selling out, this is probably an exception, not the rule. Many of the most popular Los Angeles summer camps still have ample space available for anyone who want to go. It's not too late!
What Kinds of Camps Are Available?
If you're looking for a specific type of program or already know which camp your child wants to attend this summer, we suggest contacting them right away. Every minute that goes buy without signing up for the camp of your choice means another potential camper grabbed your child's spot.
If you don't have any specific requirements as to which camp -- which type of camp -- you choose for your child this summer, then you probably don't have as much to worry about regarding available space. Los Angeles is filled with hundreds of amazing programs to consider, so even if one or two that catch your eye are already full, you can simply move down to the next camp on your list and your child will still have a great time.
We suggest looking into a program the offers the kinds of activities your child will enjoy. We also advise including your child in the decision-making process, as research shows kids enjoy camp more when they plays a role in choosing their own camp. Here's just a partial a list of many types of camps and programs in Los Angeles you can consider:
Your Summer Camp Takeaway
Whether you've been meaning to sign up for camp and just haven't gotten around to it -- or you've been sitting on your hands and just plain unmotivated about doing so -- take heart knowing there's still time to register, for L.A.'s most sought-after programs.
But you need to act fast.
Camps will eventually sell out, so start your camp search now to beat everyone else to the punch.
It's important to note the ten programs listed aren't the only Los Angeles summer camps offering swimming activities this summer. There's many more! The camps listed are just a starting point to help you in your search for finding the best Los Angeles swim camp for your child.
If you end up trying any of the programs above, leave us a comment to let us know how much your child enjoyed camp! Other parents just like you who are considering swimming camps for their kids this summer will be eager to hear your review!
With the school year winding down, one of the common questions parents are asking themselves this time of year is what to do with their kids this summer.
We assume you -- like most L.A. area families -- will put your kids in camp this summer.
But deciding which camp isn't easy, especially when finances may be a factor -- and which generally are for almost every family. The reality is, many programs can seem financially out of reach for many families.
Are More Expensive Camps "Better" than Cheaper Ones?
"Pricier" camp programs often cost more for a reason. Perhaps they're able to hire more staff than a camp charging less, thereby increasing the level of supervision for your child while they're at camp.
Or maybe by charging a little more, the camp can purchase more modern equipment so your child can enjoy the latest toys, games and activities while at camp.
Like all parents, you certainly want to consider the best camps. And sometimes when picking camps, you do "get what you pay for."
But we suggest thinking twice before breaking the family budget just to send your child to a more expensive program just because you may have the impression paying $100 per day for camp means you've found "better" program than the one charging $50.
Only you can decide what's best for your particular family situation. But if you pressed us, we'd say the best camp for you isn't necessarily the most expensive -- it's the one that fits your family budget and gives you the most peace of mind knowing the people running the program will deliver a safe and fun experience for your child.
No matter how much or little you're able to pay, you can definitely find a suitable program for your child. There is always always a camp for every budget.
Blog posts by Cora Carter of L.A. Summer Camps.com