No doubt about it, there's lots of fearful people out there. And because most camps take place in a close community, parents have questions about whether camps will be operating this summer.
We've spoken to many camp directors here in L.A. the past few days to gauge their plans for this summer. Every one of them says it will be "business as usual" this summer with every intention to operate.
That's good news for parents, who often view sending their kids to summer camp as a rite of passage or at least a traditional experience each summer they don't want their kids to miss.
Moreover, many families depend on day camps as a child care mechanism so their kids have someplace to go during the day while their parents work.
The hope is this: By the time the weather warms up and cold and flu season passes, the cornoavirus health threat will be gone (if not greatly reduced) and there will be no impact to camps regarding this subject whatsover.
At the same time, it's always best to plan ahead. If you've already signed up for camp, or just considering a program or two, make sure you have a clear understanding of each camp's refund policy and keep checking their websites or calling them for updates regarding their latest plans.
Regarding the type of program you're considering, there may be benefits to attending a day camp this summer (versus a sleepaway camp) since day camps generally take place in large open-space outdoor environments, not in a closed contained cabin settings like sleepaway camps do. On the other hand, most sleepaway camps we know of have sophisticated health and wellness programs in place and are ready to share an amazing camp experience with your kids.
Whatever kind of camp you choose this summer, make sure you ask the camp director about their staff safety certifications, pre-camp and arrival day screening procedures, and on-site medical staff including nurses, Health Supervisors and more. You must be completely satisfied with the camp's emergency response and communicable disease plans and strategies, otherwise you should find another camp.
Even though it's still early March and rainy weather is predicted this week here in Los Angeles, don't let that prevent you from looking for a summer day camp or overnight camp for your kids.
When you consider the millions of families with kids living in L.A. who've already started searching for camps -- not to mention the countless others who've already registered their kids up for various programs -- it's best not to wait any longer before beginning your search for a camp this summer.
Most summer camps in L.A. operate with very limited capacity restrictions. If you want to make sure your child grabs one of the few available spots, we advise narrowing down your list of prospective programs to a select two or three, doing your due diligence, then picking your preferred program as soon as possible.
When it comes to finding a great L.A. summer camp, the early bird gets the worm. Many camps have long waiting lists of anxious families hoping space opens up for their camper. Find a camp now so you can avoid disappointment later.
Parents use any number of strategies to find the best camps for their kids. If you're looking for the best L.A. summer camp, you might ask your friends for a reference, or perhaps attend the L.A. Camp Fairs where you can meet in person camp directors from 100's of different programs under one roof.
But what if you're in a time crunch or have a scheduling conflict and can't make the camp fairs? Or what if you're just browsing the internet and have some time to kill? In that case, you're in the right place!
We've spent a lot of time researching the best Los Angeles Summer Camps and compiling them in our 2020 Los Angeles Summer Camp Guide. The Guide is easy to use. You can read all about the various camps and click or tap right through to their respective websites. You're bound to find the perfect camp!
Many folks have requested from us a printable and definitive guide to the best Los Angeles summer camps. You asked and we listened! Starting January 1, 2020 we will make available to you an Official Guide of the Best Los Angeles summer camps. You can get it right here with a click of your mouse or tap of your finger. You can also join our mailing list below and we'll email you the free guide the moment it's available. It's the easiest way to find the 2020 summer camp for your child!
Blog posts by Cora Carter of L.A. Summer Camps.com