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Welcome to Summer: Tips for Choosing the Right Summer Day Camp for Your Child

NYC kids summer day camp

By Pam Wolf, Founder & CEO, NY Kids Club

A summer day camp can be the perfect opportunity for children to discover a new passion, dig deeper into an existing one, and, most importantly, learn resilience and independence in a new setting away from their parents. Families that find a good match often have children who want to return year after year.

When you begin the work of researching and selecting a day camp for your child, you will find the pool of options to be both wide and deep. By asking the right questions and looking for certain qualifications, the process does not have to be strenuous. If you’re looking for a day camp for the first time, consider these 5 factors:

A focus.
Always start with your child. What are his interests? What is she drawn to? Most day camps have a specialty or focus, whether it’s gymnastics, arts, a sport, music, or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Many specialty camps have limited availability, so be sure to call the camps your child might be interested in to ask when enrollment begins and how many spots are available.

A philosophy.
The whole point of sending your children to a day camp or any other summer enrichment program is to expose them to activities and experiences they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. If you’re eyeing a particular camp, read up on its mission and values (i.e., fostering independence by providing campers with choices). Decide if its philosophy is reflected in its activities.

The staff.
For obvious reasons, this is an important point to assess fully. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and talk with the directors of a few camps before you make your final decision. Good camps are expecting to hear from parents, and are happy to answer all of your questions.One of your first inquiries should be about the training their staff receives on counseling, safety and supervision. You also have the right to know the staff’s qualifications (for example, a camp that specializes in teaching gymnastics should have instructors with a strong background in that area) and whether or not camp staff are background-checked or require references before they are hired. In the case of indoor camps, it is also important to ask if the camp is being held in a space licensed by the Department of Health.Here are some other questions you may want to ask the staff before you make your choice:

• What is the counselor-to-student ratio?
• What is your communication plan? Who will contact me if my child gets sick or has a problem?
• Is your staff mindful about how the students are getting along, and will they place certain students with each other to ensure everyone has a positive experience?
• What does a typical daily schedule look like?
• Are children with the same counselor all day, or do they switch between activities? How closely are they supervised?
• Is an open house or camp kickoff event offered before camp starts?

Food service.
Is lunch served, or are campers expected to bring their own lunch? Are snacks and drinks provided? Does the camp acknowledge the needs of children with food allergies?

References.
Check out camp reviews and testimonials online. If you have any concerns, ask if you can speak directly to a parent who has sent his/her child to the camp in the past.

If you do your homework, you’ll likely find an excellent fit for your child. Best of luck finding an environment that will enhance your child’s summer!

Learn more about NY Kids Club summer camps for children ages 2 ½ – 8 years here.

From the Enrichment Experts at NY Kids Club:

Pamela Wolf founded the NY Kids Club and NY Preschool in September of 2001, which have grown to become the premiere enrichment centers for children two months to12 years. Ms. Wolf has been recognized as a Business Mentor of the Year, Best Entrepreneur, and one of the top female entrepreneurs of the year by Entrepreneur magazine. Ms. Wolf’s extensive business background and simultaneous experience as a mother of four have allowed the NY Kids Club to successfully expand to sixteen locations in New York and twelve in China. The company received INC 500/5000 list recognition in 2014. Of the several successful businesses Pamela Wolf has owned in New York, she is most proud of the NY Kids Club.

The Coolest Summer Camps in NYC

standard_6269099_origWhat if your daughter could enjoy her favorite activity for a week (or more) during the summer?

What if your son could go to camp and learn a brand new skill in a fun and unique part of NYC?

What if you knew that all summer long, your children would be exposed to a variety of activities, make new friends, and have a blast?

Well actually, you can! NYC has so many unique summer camps available to kids, from programs for curious explorers to drama-loving little actors and actresses. Most have a variety of weekly options available, so your child can attend a few camps throughout the summer, or, if you vacation for part of the summer you can ensure you’re only signing up for camp when you’re in town.

If you’re looking for something new, unique and fun for your kids this summer, check out a few of our awesome camps below—and visit Kidz Central Station for a full selection!

Kids Creative. Located on the Upper West Side, Kids Creative’s summer camp is the perfect way for kids to try their hands at acting and get creative. Throughout the two-week session, they’ll imagine, produce, and perform a musical play, which includes writing a script, creating music, and building sets and costumes. When they’re not creating their performing arts masterpiece, kids will get outside for water activities and field trips! You can sign up for any (or all!) of Kids Creative’s two-week sessions, and if you want more info, you can request a tour and see what it’s all about.

Citibabes. If you like Citibabes’ awesome kids’ classes throughout the year (located in Soho), you’ll love their summer camps! There’s something for everything here, including a My First Drop-off program twice a week to get little ones age 20 months to 2.5 years used to separation, while partaking in lots of fun activities. For age 2 to 4, CitiCamp incorporates fun weekly themes into everything from music to art to free play and CitiCamp Sr., a program for kids age 4 to 7, lets kids enjoy on and off-site activities, such as swim, soccer, tennis, and art.

Language Beansstandard_1505988_889682631041962_7143505922559729539_n. With a variety of great sessions in July and August Language Beans’ Mandarin Camp, located in the East Village, teaches new language skills while cultivating kids’ creativity and artistic minds. The camp incorporates a small group atmosphere and hands-on learning into themed sessions like “Let’s Camp in the Desert” and “Snow White in the City”. Kids age 2 to 7 will definitely have a blast here.

Evolution Enrichment Martial Arts. In a brand new facility with a prime downtown Lower East Side location, Evolution Enrichment Center’s Mixed Martial Arts Summer Program is a safe and fun fitness program that will teach your child the basics of Taekwondo, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Ninjutsu. There are three-day weekly sessions throughout July and August, so kids age 4 to 14 can choose the best days to fit their busy summer schedules.

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Physique Swimming
. In a brand new location at FiDi’s Pine Street School for Summer 2015, Physique Swimming, is a perennial favorite for kids and adults alike. The program incorporates both Physique’s specialty—with daily instructional swim sessions at the Seahorse Aquatics Center—and also allows kids to explore their interests in art, science, cooking, and outdoor sports. The camp serves kids age 4 to 11, and offers pick up and drop off transportation every day. Get a sneak peek of the camp for yourself at either of Physique’s summer camp open houses on 4/9 and 5/7!