When I was in school many, many years ago I was taught the “5 W’s” of information gathering. We all know them: WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN and WHY. If you answer all these questions you probably will get a complete answer to any issue.
If you apply this paradigm to the summer camp search I think the same will apply.
WHO do you look to for information? Friends and family are good resources but also independent summer camp advisors have years of experience helping families
WHAT questions should you ask in order to get the information you need to make an informed decision? There are many articles written about the summer camp search process – browse the Internet. Also, consider calling a camp advisor – we are FREE and we can assist
WHERE do I start? Begin by identifying a non-negotiable item. For some it is a single sex v. coed camp, for others it is location. For some it is cost and others duration. Another consideration may be the focus of the camp… do you want a non-competitive program or one with a strong focus on sports or arts? There are many considerations but if you can identify 1 or 2 you are well on your way to finding that perfect summer program.
WHEN is a good time to start looking? Any time! At the beginning of the summer you have the advantage of visiting camps and perhaps getting an Early Bird discount. During the Fall and Winter there are many camp fairs and directors are eager to talk or even meet families. Sometimes there are last minute deals in May.
WHY is it important to get all this information? When you send your child away you want to make sure you have made an educated and informed decision.