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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Summer camp: Money saving tips

I know it's hard to believe, but summer will be here before we know it. We all know that camp can be a bit expensive, especially if you have more than one child like I do. Well here are a few suggestions to help you save money on camp this year.



Here are 4 suggestions:
 • #1 Register early to take full advantage of all early-bird discounts! 
 • #2 ASK if they have scholarships, financial aid or a sliding scale. 
 • #3 Offer to volunteer at camp for a reduced or free camper registration. 
 • #4 Ask friends of your child(ren) to register together for a group discount.  

Also, if this is your first year sending your child to summer camp, here are 5 tips for preparing them:
  1. Day camps are more fun when children know at least one other camper who will be attending. Don't assume that they will be in the same group, let the camp director know your preferences when you initially register your child. 
  2. If a camp facility is open when you register for camp, take a tour. If not, take a virtual tour of the facility through looking on their website. The more familiar your child is with the environment, the less overwhelming he/she will feel.
  3. Watch videos and look at photos of other campers having fun at camp. Look on the camp website and Google the camp name for additional postings.
  4. Print out the camp schedule for your child to read about a typical day at camp---from the meals, free time, activities, to the bedtime routines.
  5. For residential camps, make sure that this isn't the first time your child will be sleeping away from home. Let them practice overcoming their separation anxiety with a couple of sleep-overs with friends or family before going to a residential camp. Write a letter (or email) to the camp director with any questions.  
For more summer camp tips, visit here.

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