Your guide to summer camp
5 ways to plan for a houseful of happy campers
Believe it or not, it's time to pitch the tents and start thinking about summer camp. Beyond the undeniable fun of silly songs and fast friendships, camp offers kids excellent opportunities for learning, physical activity, discovery and growth. Whether you’re looking at day camps or sleepover camps, here are some things to keep in mind when planning ahead for summer fun:
Strive for balance
Even at a math camp or arts camp, your child should have plenty of opportunities to get moving throughout the day. Ensure that specialty camps have lots of active breaks or dedicated physical activity times.
Let them play
Sports camps offer great opportunities for physical activity and skill development. Make sure they also offer time for unstructured, active play as this is good for kids’ social, mental and physical growth.
Connect with nature
Heading up north or out of town gives kids the chance to be immersed in the Great Outdoors. This bond with nature can relieve stress, promote creativity and forge a lifelong love of getting outside.
Think inside the city limits
Municipal parks and recreation departments, YMCA/YWCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada offer budget-friendly camp experiences close to home. Even in an urban environment, your kids will thrive by getting outdoors, accessing local green space and learning how to be active with their peers.
Take the whole family
You don't have to send your kids off on their own to get the benefits of a camp experience. Plan a family trip to a lake, book a camp site or hike a conservation area together for some quality active time.