If you’re the parent of a teen-ager you already know that they are a very special breed. Sometimes they seem to be mature beyond their years and at other times, well, not so much.
They’re complicated creatures and although the idea of finding the perfect summer diversion for your teenager can be a daunting one, it doesn’t have to be.
Rest assured that there is something for everyone, regardless of their special interests and unique requirements. Taking the time to understand the choices will help to ensure that they have a rewarding and enjoyable summer experience.
Here are some of the options available to you:
Teen Travel These adult supervised programs run the gamut from 1-week to 7-week excursions and include United States and Canadian based trips as well as trips to Europe, Australia, the Far East, Africa and Latin America. Besides taking the destination into consideration, you should also think about whether your teen is looking for a luxury travel experience or are more interested in camping, hostels and essentially roughing it.
Academic Enrichment If your teen is extremely interested in a specific subject area this might be a very desirable option. These programs are usually conducted in a college setting and are taught by qualified instructors. These programs also offer your teen a glimpse of what it might be like living on a campus and is a good pre-cursor to their own college experience.
Pre-College These programs are designed so that your teen can take college-level courses (and in some cases they can receive credit for these courses when they enter college) as well as participate in SAT/ACT preparation. Pre-College programs are excellent for teens that wish to get an early start with college-level work as well as for those that want a bit of extra time to prep for the SAT/ACT exams.
World-wide Community Service Although they have always been popular these programs are garnering even more interest as teens and their parents search out meaningful and memorable experiences that include helping others. There are US-based programs as well as programs abroad and these programs also combine recreation as well as sight-seeing in the locale that the program is based.
Theater, Music, Dance and ArtIf your teen is passionate about theater, music and art then there are a myriad of programs that appeal to pretty much every aspect of creative endeavor. Regardless of their level of proficiency, there are camps that will help them to explore, enrich and expand their skills. Acting, producing, directing, writing or performing music, painting, sculpture and more, there is something to satisfy your teen’s creative urges.
Computer Tech Does your teen fall into the category of “never met a computer that I didn’t love.” If so, then a computer tech summer experience might be just the ticket. Led by adults that are highly proficient “techies” your son or daughter can explore their passion and forge new friendships with kindred spirits. There are programs for novices as well as highly proficient computer lovers. The ONLY requirement is an enthusiasm for technology.
Weight LossDiet, nutrition and exercise are all that much easier to accomplish when in a supportive environment and surrounded by friends that are going through a similar experience. These programs run 2-9 weeks and there are cooking classes as well so that your newly svelte teen can replicate at home what they learned at camp!
Specialty Sports There is a specialty sports camp for pretty much every sport that you can imagine and regardless of the level at which your teen plays, these programs offer them an opportunity to improve their skills. These programs run 1-8 weeks and it’s important that your teen is truly passionate about their sport as they will be spending a large portion of their time doing drills, practicing moves and playing games.
Bike Trip and Outdoor Adventure Perfect for teens that love the outdoors and are most happy when hiking, biking, rafting, rock climbing and more. There are programs for all levels of proficiency as well as duration and trips are domestic as well as overseas.
So, you get the picture. Choices abound and there is no reason in the world that with a little research and patience you will hit upon the perfect program for your son or daughter.
Let us help you sift through the choices. Helping you to find the best summer solution has been our passion for 30 years.