What to look for in a Summer Camp Program
May 1, 2019

What to look for in Summer Camps:

During the summer it can be a challenge keeping your kids busy. Leaving kids at home to spend their days watching tv, playing Fortnite, and glued to youtube is not ideal. Even for stay home parents planning things for the kids to do is so hair pulling and keeping arguing at a minimum is a full time job.

Considering a summer camp program for the entire summer or even for a week or two can be a great option to break up the monotony. But how do you choose?

First, let’s consider what you, as a parent, need.

How old are your children, ideally is there a camp that covers all of their ages?

Some programs offer camps only for specific ages.  A camp might have morning activities for children 3-6, midday programs for ages 7-9 and may or may not have activities for older kids. Or… they might be held at the same time but in different areas.  Providing activities that are age appropriate for each group.

The third option may be that everyone is together for all activities.  Some parents prefer this option because there is a personal comfort when siblings are able to stick together.

In the interest of age, check to see what the ratio of children to adults is for the camp your’e interested in.  Younger children programs require more leaders while older groups are more independent and require less leaders.

Care Needs? To help with narrowing down the options, answer these quick questions for yourself…

What to look for in a Summer Camp Program

Are you looking for an all day program? Need or want only a few hours of activities? Morning or Afternoon? Will you be working all week; needing 5 days of activities? Would you prefer one day a week or flexible scheduling options? Lastly, how far are you willing to drive for this camp?

All of these considerations will help you narrow down the many summer camp programs out there.  Since you now know what your needs are, let’s consider what your children might want.

Take a few minutes to talk with your children. Are your kids active? Do you want them to be active? Do they like being outdoors, animals, sports, electronics, science, coding, music or theater? Maybe you’d like to find a program that offers an array of activities. 

Engaging your children in programs they have an interest in will be beneficial to both you and your camper.  Just like with school, kids are drawn to different subjects.  Finding a program that offers activities your child already shows an interest in can make the challenge of keeping your children entertained during the summer that much easier.

Sunshine Swim and Fitness Center

Programs like the Sunshine Summer Camp in Elk Grove, CA offer 6 weeks of summer camp for ages 5-13. Swimming lessons and open swim are daily activities. During other parts of the day, campers go to the park, take hikes, engage in indoor games and activities. A unique part of this specific program is 2 days during the week, special local kid-based businesses provide fun and one-of-a-kind activities. Think of it as a in-house field trip for the campers.

There are so many specialized camps in the Greater Sacramento Region that can fit your needs as well as give your kids an exciting outlet this summer. 

Looking for more Summer Camp ideas? Check out our Choosing the Best Summer Camp posting to learn about additional camp programs in Sacramento and beyond! Not ready to send your child to summer camp? No problem! Check out our list of other places to go near Sacramento.

View more list in our Summer Camps for Kids listing category.


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