There are so many types of summer camps for boys that parents may have a hard time choosing just one for their son. Today's summer camps are not only about campfires and swimming -- they are also learning experiences that can last a lifetime.
Why Choose a Summer Camp for Boys?
No child ever likes to fail, especially in front of his parents or someone of the opposite sex. A boys camp may be one of the only places your son has the freedom to try things even though he knows he may not succeed at it. These camps are places where boys can be boys -- they can get dirty, compete and have a lot of fun in the process.
Most of these camps do not accept very young children. The average age range is eight to 18 years old, and children of the same age are grouped together in cabins. A summer camp for boys usually operates anywhere from one to eight weeks, depending on its speciality and location. Many facilities may also have a girls camp nearby to make get-togethers -- especially with siblings -- a possibility.
Deciding on a Camp
Selecting a summer camp for boys takes a lot of research, and parents must weigh every option before sending their son there. Here are some things to keep in mind when making that decision:
- Do you want a day camp or residential (overnight)?
- What type of camp is your child interested in attending?
- What is your budget?
- What is the camp's philosophy?
- Is this the kind of camp your child wants to attend?
- Have the administrators tell you all about the camp counselors - screening process, turnover rate, ages, etc.
- Ask for references.
- Has the camp received an American Camp Association accreditation?
If possible, try and visit the camp ahead of time to view the facilities, especially if this is your son's first time away at camp. He can familiarize himself with what camp is all about and what will be expected of him.
Types of Summer Camps for Boys
Boys can choose from a myriad of summer camps depending on their interests, skills and abilities. Some camps are strictly sports-oriented, while other can focus solely on academics. Some offer only day-time activities, while others offer traditional overnight programs. Here is a sampling of just some of the many types of summer camps for boys available:
Some summer camps for boys specialize in improving athletic skills many young men already ready have developed. Most offer day-camp programs only
There are still many camping experiences that are traditional in nature. Boys can go hiking, swimming and spend most of their time outdoors. Those camps include:
- Boy Scout -- The Boy Scouts of America, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in August 2007, offers a variety of summer camps for boys throughout the United States. One parent is usually allow to accompany his or her child.
- YMCA -- Various YMCA chapters throughout the country offer boys summer camps and offers many of the traditional activities such as sports, arts and crafts and horseback riding.
Special needs summer camps offer children enrichment and stimulation. There are many camps available to meet many emotional, mental and physical needs. These facilities also offer a chance for children to meet other youngsters with the same special needs. Some of these offer programs for:
- Learning disabilities
- Behavioral issues
Your child's doctor or school counselor may have other listings available that are geared toward his needs.
Other types of Camps
- International studies