Summer Camps For Your Child

By | November 2, 2013

Child Care Guide

School summer holidays are particularly long and if parents work who can take care of the children during this time? Some child care centers are open during the school holidays and are there to take care of your children of course but as an alternative why not try a camp?

This will make a pleasing change for your child and the choices of camps are varied with something suitable for everyone and are there for the entire summer holiday period. Children can spend as little as a single day or the entire summer holiday at camp, taking part in various activities which are usually scheduled throughout the day.

Camps are usually run in a structured format from morning until tea time then the children often have free time to choose which activities they want to do. The children are supervised all of the time be it structured or free time and camps will usually cater for children aged between 4 and 13 years old.

Local day camps

Day camps provide daily course or play schemes during the week in the summer holidays, they will usually offer different programs on an age basis including nursery schemes for children under the age of 5 to action packed activity courses for teenagers.

Prices vary from venue to venue but on average a day will cost around £25, this will include activities throughout the day, usually up to 8 activities will be structured over the day with some free time for your child to relax in under supervision. Activities for teens include:

  • Snorkeling lessons
  • Horse riding
  • Go-kart racing
  • Gymnastics
  • Circus training
  • Quad bike

Residential adventure holidays

Residential camps are becoming increasingly popular with children and teenagers during the summer holiday break from school, residential camps usually run for at least a 7 day period and most camps of this type are multi-activity theme camps, which mean they provide activities based on themes such as sport, drama, outdoor, water and games.

Camps of this type will also provide entertainment during the evening for your child such as a themed disco, cinema and karaoke nights. Activities provided for children and teenagers include:

  • Rock climbing
  • Archery lessons
  • Basketball
  • Arts and craft lessons
  • Drama lessons
  • Singing lessons
  • Scuba diving
  • Water polo
  • Water basketball

Special interest clubs

For those children who are into a particular hobby or sport there are several clubs that offer specific courses for children, clubs of this type will normally take children between the ages of 7 and 16 and are usually provided for at least a week. Some of the activity weeks that clubs such as these provide are:

  • Golfing courses
  • Football and rugby
  • Motor sports
  • Pony trekking
  • Science camps
  • Music camps
  • Swimming camps
  • Art camps
  • Water sport camps

Most clubs will offer package deals, for example the longer you book the cheaper the price becomes, price includes all activities throughout the day, full board and meals and snacks throughout the day, the price also includes evening entertainment.

All staff has to be fully trained in first aid and have qualifications in child care and all camps are inspected and have to meet certain regulations regarding safety. In most cases staff will have had to pass a criminal records background check and staffs who works with children under the age of 8 year old will have to be registered as child minders by law.

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