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Spring Break Camp 101: What to look for

Oct 1st 2014 at 11:49 PM

Your children get excited about spring break, but do you share their enthusiasm? It does get overwhelming sometimes when you have no time to spare for yourself. Camps for kids are conventionally a great idea during the summer, but private schools have increased the number of days off during spring break. So, if your kids are on board, sending them away to camp during spring break may give you a breather for at least a week!

To find the perfect camp you’ll need to so research because there are plenty of camps you can choose from. We have some tips and information to ensure you select the perfect camp for your child:

Determine your goal

Begin by deciding why you want to send your child to camp. Is it just to something to do during the break or do you want your child to be more social and build his or her self confidence. Some camps are specialized on sports or academia, like math or science camps.

Size of the camp

Before you send your child know what size the camp is, the size of the camp results in the number of kids bunking together. Ask about the ratio of campers to lodging the camp will have. An overcrowded camp is not favorable.


As a parent you should ask whether the camp is licensed or accredited. Sending your child to a licensed camp ensures you that all the employees there go through background checks and it’s mandated by the state authorities. Being licensed means it is at par on safety and health standards.

Qualified trainers

The camp should have qualified trainers and personnel. Ensure that the trainers have received formal training and have experience.

Communication with Parents

It is important that you know how you would be able to communicate with your child. Some camps do not allow phone calls to parents as it causes homesickness. In that case, ask about any other sort of correspondence like letters or emails. It is essential to remember that trusting the camp staff will make it much easier for you.

Daily Activities

Ask about the normal daily schedule that your child will be following at the camp. Specify what your child’s interests are and see if the camp offers these activities.

We at City Family Guide can help you find the perfect camp if you’re stuck in such a predicament. Check out our online directory on for a listing of spring break camps in San Francisco, Toronto, Houston, New York, and more.


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