The Questions Parents Ask Most Often About Making a Good Summer Camp Choice
What is The Camp Connection?
We are a team of experienced professionals who dedicate ourselves year-round to becoming your most knowledgeable and understanding resource in choosing a summer camp experience. We have been doing this successful “matchmaking” for more than 18 years and this is our full time business.
How does The Camp Connection work ?
We’re much like a travel agent. There is no fee for our professional service nor do you pay more in camp tuition for going through our service. You also have full eligibility for early birds and/or any discounted rates that camps are offering. You call us and we spend as long as needed to understand all about your child. Once we are confident that we understand your needs and interests, we recommend several alternatives. The camps send you information such as literature, videos, and more. Many times the camp owner or director will want to visit you in your home. We can help plan the visitation schedule, along with maps and itineraries, so you may tour selected camps and see them in action during the summer. Following your process of consideration, we speak again and help you to make your best decision.
How do you do this?
We make it our business to know the owners, directors and senior staff members of hundreds of camps. We tour the camps while they are in operation. We monitor their year-to-year changes in facilities, staffing and programming, and we attend annual conferences where we can gather the most up-to-date information. Then we talk to parents, to hear evaluations of their own children’s summer at the various camps. As a result of this, WE KNOW CAMPS.
What’s the big deal? Why not just choose the camps the neighbors attend?
Summer camp is great opportunity, and an important decision. There are so many options and you should be equipped with excellent “inside information” to help choose a camp which will provide your child with an excellent chance for enjoyment and personal growth. As with the choice of a nursery school or even college, it is just not as easy as “doing what the neighbor does”.
What kinds of camps can you recommend?
In addition to traditional camps, we can recommend camps which specialize in weight loss, special education, theater, arts, outdoor experiences, specific sports, circus arts, horseback riding, the list goes on. An in every case, we have done our “homework” in order to help you decide wisely.
How about choices for older children?
We also have expert information about teen programs including prE-college experiences, US and world wide travel programs, bike trips, community service and language immersion programs. As the offerings become more complicated, you need even more background to help you feel confident about your choice. Even as children mature “the program my best friend is going on” is not a sufficient recommendation.
Do I have an obligation once we begin?
As we mentioned before, there is no fee, and no obligation on your part. We are confident that we can direct you toward one or more excellent choices, and then we help you sort them out.
Are all these camps expensive?
The camps we recommend range from moderate to expensive, all offering excellent opportunities for meaningful summers. While many camps are based on full session attendance, we can recommend many options with shorter programs. We are very sensitive to your interests and your budget.
When should this process begin?
We don’t mean to make this sound urgent, but you should give yourself plenty of time with an important decision process like choosing a summer camp. We encourage you to call us now. Many popular camps fill their available spaces early in the year, long before beginning the season. Be sure to give yourself and you child the advantage of the widest choice possible.
Okay, but my child’s best friend loves “Camp Fun”. Why not just send my child to camp with a good buddy?
We have found that every child is a unique individual and what works best for one might not be the ideal solution for another. Let us help you choose wisely for a summer filled with enjoyment, growth and development.
Our goal is for you to receive a letter from camp that says “Dear Mom and Dad, I Love It Here!!” As for friends, new camp friends usually turn out to become some of the most cherished friends of a lifetime.
Give us a call and let’s talk more about how we can become your SUMMER CAMP MATCHMAKERS. At 800-834-2267, email at camp4u@thecampconnection or visit us on the web at www.thecampconnection.com