When we were kids, life was simpler. Many of us just hung around the house during the summer and played with neighborhood friends or maybe attended a local day camp sponsored by our school or city. Well, nowadays there are camps for everything you can imagine! It can be quite confusing, and even stressful, trying to find the right camp for our kids. Sometimes we even have to choose different camps for each child based on varied interests.
Camps can offer them experiences and tools to go out in the world and discover who they are and what they want to become. A child can only truly grow if given the freedom and chance to gain confidence by exploring new ideas and activities, eventually finding their passion.
If you are struggling to find the right camp for your child this summer, take this fun and easy quiz. You’ll be able to discover which type of camp is the best fit for your child.
Please only choose one answer.
1. How would you best describe your child?
2. What is your child’s favorite subject in school?
B. Physical education
C. Math or science
D. My child likes a variety of classes
3. What is your child’s favorite activity after school?
A. Music lessons
B. Playing a sport
C. Robotics or science club
D. Participating in a bunch of different activities with friends
4. Which type of birthday party would your child likely choose?
A. Dance party
B. Indoor soccer or gymnastics
C. Science museum
D. Every year it’s different
5. What does your child usually do on weekends?
A. Goes to theater rehearsal
B. Has a game
C. Competes in a robotics or math tournament
D. Mixes it up with bike rides, art projects and shooting hoops
6. What is your child’s favorite role in a group project?
D. Fills in wherever needed
7. What’s your child’s favorite rainy day activity?
A. Listening to music
B. Running around the house
C. Playing a video game
D. Inviting a friend over to hang out
8. Which would be your child’s dream vacation?
A. Seeing Broadway shows in New York City
B. Touring sports stadiums around the country
C. Visiting science museums
D. Doing something different every day including hiking,
playing on the beach or going to amusement parks
9. What would your child hope to achieve at summer camp?
A. Starring in a musical
B. Being team captain
C. Creating an app
D. Trying new things
10.Which career appeals to your child most?
A. Movie star
D. No clue
Tally up your answers and match the letter you mostly chose to the type of camp below.
A. Creative/Performing Arts Camps
Specialty art and musical theater camps focus specifically on the arts. Some may offer a variety of art forms to choose from, such as pottery, woodworking, writing, painting and photography. Others focus solely on one type of art, such as sewing camp or band camp. Musical theater camps are quite popular and typically showcase a production after a few weeks of rehearsals. Art camps come in all lengths and locations. You can sign your child up for a one-week-long art camp at your local recreational center or find multi-week overnight art camps where they can truly hone their craft.
B. Sports Camps
Sports camps usually consist of only one sport that a child plays throughout the day. The main goal is for participants to improve their skills by focusing extensively on a sport they love. Depending on where you live, you can find all types of sports camps like tennis, golf, soccer, baseball, lacrosse or gymnastics. It is also a way for your child to try a new sport or something only offered during the summer, such as surfing and sailing.
C. Science/Tech Camps
If your child loves to code, build and tinker, then a tech camp may be the right fit. These types of camps make learning about science and technology fun and exciting for kids. They also provide an opportunity for kids to dive deeper into a subject they love, such as working on a science experiment, designing a website or programming a robot. You can find science and tech camps through local schools, colleges and museums.
D. Traditional Camps
Traditional camps are what you think of when you envision summer camp – canoeing, hiking, archery, relay races, swim lessons and crafts. They can be considered “jack-of-all-trades” camps because they offer all types of activities for children to try. If your child enjoys exploring and experiencing new things and has not yet found one specific activity that they are passionate about, then a traditional camp is a wonderful choice. They are very common and can be found all over. Some are day camps, while others are overnight experiences where your kids can also learn more independence skills. Overnight camps also offer a more rustic, outdoorsy experience with campouts, cabins, campfires and activities on the lake.
Schwartz is an author, journalist and mother of two who specializes in parenting, wellness and environmental topics. Check out her new parenting book, “Finding Ecohappiness: Fun Nature Activities to Help Your Kids Feel Happier and Calmer.”