Yes, there is absolutely no hidden agenda or cost for using our service and there is never any obligation to choose one of the programs we recommend.
How can you be a FREE SERVICE?
We provide you with a customized list of programs and then directors pay us a referral fee if you choose their program. Since we have been placing students in camps and teen programs since 1971, the directors know we do our job well and match families properly. Camp directors love our Tips Team because we take the time to get to know their programs. They also love the geographic diversity we can bring to their programs.
Will working with a referral service affect the cost of my tuition?
Not at all! If you come to the programs as a referral through TIPS, you will always be treated just like any other camper inquiry. We can actually SAVE you money. We are there to help you with “early bird discounts” and, at times, make you aware of special offers and late-in-the-season discounts.
What if I have additional questions or need to change my plans?
No worries! You can call us as often as you wish. The more we get to know you, the better job we can do for you and your child.
Is it terrible to send my child to a camp that I haven't seen myself?
Absolutely not! Most people don’t want to spend the extra money to visit camps and that is part of the reason why we are here. We have seen the camps with our very own eyes and can provide you with insights from our visiting reports.
I hear camps fill quickly; do I have to enroll by September 1st to get a spot?
Some programs fill quickly, but others do not. We can share that information with you when you contact us. We know of programs throughout the U.S. and abroad and we can help guide you even through a last-minute decision.
My child has special needs or allergies; can you help?
Yes, we are able to provide you with a list of camps to match individualized needs of all sorts.
My teen has very specific dates free in the summer; can you help?
Absolutely! We know about early and late season trips and sessions.
What age group do you serve?
We cover ages 7-18, including first- time OVERNIGHT camper experiences through high school and gap year programs.
Do you work with day camps?
A few of our programs offer day programs, but our specialty is overnight programs.