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Never too Early for Camp Prep

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Hey, Camp Folks!

Once summer camp comes to a close it’s Back-to-School prep and it’s not long after that that the holiday season rolls around. Here we are now one month into the new year and getting ready for summer camp is probably the last thing on your mind. It’s a little early to be thinking about summer camp right now anyway, right? What’s there to be done for camp this time of year?


Work in Advance
There’s plenty to cross off the camp prep list. And many summer camps fill all their available spots SEVERAL MONTHS before Opening Day! If you wait until late May to get your child signed up, the remaining spots available may only be found at second-rate camps. You want the best you can manage for your kid, no doubt, so don’t procrastinate and try to get your kid signed up for camp by April!

Where to Camp
While it would be best at this point if you knew which summer camp you’d like you’re child to attend, don’t fret if you haven’t figured that out yet. You have time, but it’s something you’ll want to get moving on quickly. Speed up your search by looking for camps whose directors have a long tenure, whose staff is comprised of mostly former campers, and whose camper return rate is above 75%!

What to Do
Once you’ve identified the right summer camp for you and your camper, there’s plenty more to cross off your to-do list—things like scheduling a physical exam, acquiring all the items on your camp’s packing list, preparing your camper and yourself against homesickness/childsickness, making logistical plans for Opening, Visiting, and Closing Day, and even more.

Life gets busier and busier all the time. Make sure to do your child and yourself the favor of acting now on looking into the camp that’s best for you. Be sure to include your child in the camp prep process every step of the way to give them a sense of ownership over their camp stay and give them a feeling of control while they’re away! 

Enjoy your time getting ready for camp with your child and make this coming summer something special. For a much more detailed look at preparing for camp, check out 'The Summer Camp Handbook,' written by camp experts Dr. Chris Thurber and Dr. Jon Malinowski, available right here. Thanks for reading, Camp Folks. And, as always, Happy Camping!


- John


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