As the school year starts, you and your children might wonder if camps are something that you can only attend during the summer break. As it turns out, camp is not just for the summer months! Camps are for children all year round! Breaks in the school year make it easy to get your kid into a day-long or week-long program so that they can have fun and you can work like normal.
Today, we’re talking a bit about what non-summer camps are, how to find them, and what to expect. Don’t forget to check out Bodies in Motion’s social media to make sure you know when we are hosting camps and other fun retreats and events.
What Can You Expect?
Though there are exceptions, mid-school year camps will be day camps that are either all day or most of the day options. Overnight camps are generally confined to summer and anything over a week will be hard with most school breaks only lasting five days. Also, your food included will depend on what camp you choose and the price that you pay. In many cases, you’ll need to prepare all three meals for your child, ensuring that they take at least lunch with them.
Much like summer camp, you will have the option to pick a theme and length that best suit your family. A five-day rock climbing camp might be great for older kids with interest; however, young kids might only be okay with a day or two to start. Make sure to ask them what they are interested in and get as much information about the class before you sign up.
When can you let your kid attend out-of-summer camps?
The first break that your children will commonly get is fall break. This week-long period in October or November will help your children destress halfway through the fall semester. FOr you, however, it can be stressful as you have to determine what to do with them for the whole week. A week-long camp is a perfect remedy for this situation. For the most part, these will be day camps that take place in a gym, museum, or other local attraction. Your child can learn a new sport or hobby while staying safe and engaged.
Though not as many are available, winter break is another time when camps are typical due to the long break in between semesters. Day camps and overnight camps, as well as short and long sessions, are available if you look in the right places. Keep in mind; these camps will fill up fast and often take place during the time before or after Christmas.
The last break that children often get outside of Summer is Spring Break. This week-long period works just as fall break in many ways. Day options with or without food can be found in most major kids gyms, museums, and attractions. In addition, the warming weather makes outdoor sports camps easier to run. Keep in mind, these camps often have the same schedule as school, meaning they don’t run from sunrise until you get off. There is a high chance that you will have to use the same after school method you use during the semester.
How to find a camp?
The best way to find these lesser-known camps is through social media and Google searching. Though they are advertised, they have often targeted ads that you might miss if you don’t look at the right flyer or sign up for the correct email list. In addition to searching the internet, try going to a local place that your child loves. For example, if your child loves swimming, go to the local swim gym to see if they will be offering any day camps during the week that the local school is out. You never know what you will find out.