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Updated on Jan 11, 2011

How does the camp handle homesickness? Do they offer references? Is the camp accredited? You won’t know unless you ask. Have all your questions ready. 

Once you and your child have narrowed down your choices, there’s another huge factor to consider: cost. The average cost of a residential or day camp ranges anywhere from $75 per week to more than $700 per week. Don’t immediately be turned off by price. There are many different types of financial assistance (including state and federal funds), and 90 percent of ACA camps offer some financial aid.

If you’re unsure whether or not your little guy is ready for the overnight plunge, consider a day camp. According to Peg L. Smith, CEO of the ACA, “Day camps offer all of the benefits of the camp experience, while serving as ‘training wheels’ for a residential experience.”

Don’t get too hung up on making the “perfect” decision. “Whether day or residential camp, every camp allows children the opportunity to play and just to be kids,” Smith says. And in our fast paced world, that’s reason enough to send them away for awhile.

 For a comprehensive guide to camps, including a database of over 2,400 camps, visit www.campparents.org.  

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