Eve sat down to discuss the benefits of summer camps and programs for children today, advice for parents and how Tips on Trips and Camps can help you find the right program for your child. Click to listen!
June is a great month for calling overnight camps and planning a visit with your child. By visiting a camp, your child can start envisioning themselves as belonging and will spend the entire year looking forward to that special place where the fun is.
The overnight summer camps know just what to do. They will tour you and your child while answering all of your questions and your son or daughter’s questions. While you will be concerned with safety, swim lessons, age of the counselors and where they come from, your child will be asking about the food, the games, the other kids.
Some overnight camps go beyond the basic tours offering a day or a weekend at camp- often called Rookie Camp. These mini programs are usually free or low cost because they know that once your burgeoning camper is having a great time, they have been hooked. My advice? Do your research first and make sure it is the camp you want for your child. Once hooked, he/she will want to go back year after year!
The best way to learn which camps are good matches for your child’s personality and interests is by using a Tips on Trips and Camps advisor/consultant. Camp Consultants know which camps offer mini intro sessions, and which will best suit your child’s needs.
Remember, Tips advice is free and without obligation. So, call today and see where it takes you.
At a time when most companies are down-sizing, camp advisory service Tips on Trips and Camps, Inc. continues to expand.
Co-owner Eve Eifler just announced that Ellen Blum will join the Tips on Trips and Camps team this year as an advisor in Boston. Eifler said, “Ellen Blum comes to us as a camp lover through and through. She has two camp age children and was a camper herself in Maine for many years. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she cannot wait to help the families of Boston find the highest quality summer programs for their kids.”
Co-owner Carey Rivers of Washington, D.C. says, “In the last two years, we have added 7 new consultants and expanded our reach into Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Boston, and Barcelona, Spain. We are proud of the service we provide to families all over the United States and abroad.”
Tips on Trips and Camps, Inc. (“Tips”) was started by two moms in Baltimore in 1971 who wanted a better way to research camps and teen programs for their own children. Today, Tips serves families throughout the United States and abroad via the internet and maintains area offices in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., New York City and Westchester County, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southern Florida, Connecticut, St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas, New Jersey, Paris (France) and Barcelona (Spain).
Parents call one of their local Tips consultants or register on the Tips website www.TipsonTripsandCamps.com and get instant, FREE access to hundreds of carefully screened and selected camps and teen programs. Rivers said, “We provide clients with the information they need to make an educated decision on summer programs for their child – from questions for directors, to references to call, to on-site visit reports. We are better than Google!”
With all this success, however, Tips on Trips is a relatively unknown resource to many parents. Eifler agrees, “We are not a big budget operation, but our service is invaluable to the parents who know to use it. Our business is mainly word-of-mouth and we keep our clients happy! Of the hundreds of placements we made to camps and teen programs in 2011, 96% of families rated our matches as EXCELLENT or GOOD. We are happy to bring this excellent client service to Boston!”
All children – not only those with special needs – need help with social skills. Our children are expected to navigate through so very much as they grow. For the born charmers and negotiators, it comes naturally. But, for most it is a skill that needs to be learned, nurtured and then fine tuned. Today, kids need to re-learn the art of communication. In the era of Face Book, they also need to re-learn how to foster authentic relationships. They need to learn how to communicate face-to-face NOT text-to-text or email-to-email. A college dean once told me that he had heard of students arguing with one another by text, while sitting on their beds in the same dorm room! Even some of my adult clients prefer email than having an initial telephone conversation so that I can best understand their needs in finding a summer program that would fit their childrens interests.Camp is the antidote for children with helicopter parents. The camp milieu is such that campers, teens included, learn to solve problems by themselves or with some assistance from counselors and peers, instead of seeking parental advice. They are empowered. They leave behind their electronic pacifiers and comforters. They take actual pen, or colored pencils and markers, to paper and write letters home. Where else do they address an envelope and seal it with a postage stamp? At most camps, kids are unplugged as there are no cell phones, or electronics.
Thank goodness for overnight camps!