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By Jasmine Evans
Your child may not have the most ambitious summer plans: sleeping in, watching TV, frolicking at the mall and swimming at the beach. You know that going all summer without working on academic skills is just asking for trouble. Students who experience the “summer slide” return to school a step behind. Academic camps may be your answer, but many of them cost thousands of dollars. Are they really worth it? Our list of pros and cons can help you decide.
PRO: They can prevent summer learning loss.
CON: They aren’t fun for everyone.
PRO: They can help build social maturity and independence.
CON: They take your child away from home.
PRO: They give your child a space to fit in.
CON: They can create unrealistic expectations.
PRO: They offer positive role models.
CON: Your child may not meet the requirements.
Many camps try to present themselves as an exclusive “cool kids club” to garner interest from parents. Before you spend time and money applying, make sure your child is eligible. Different camps have different selection criteria, so read the brochures and websites very carefully. CTY, for instance, uses standardized tests to determine eligibility. Other camps use GPA and letters of recommendation.