With a break from the typical school year routine, many parents explore camp options. Camp offers children the opportunity for social growth and enrichment experiences in a supportive, active setting. Finding the right program or camp for your child takes time and planning. As you begin your search, you will want to consider the following:
- What do I want my child to gain from the camp experience?
- Am I looking for a recreational program or one with a therapy-based curriculum?
- Would my child do best among children with similar challenges or with typically developing peers?
- Does the camp provide support around behavioral, communication or sensory challenges?
- What types of activities will my child engage in?
- Is there a predictable routine?
- Are the camp location and environment appropriate and convenient?
- How many camp hours can my child manage each day?
- Is transportation provided?
- Is the cost manageable–or–are there opportunities for scholarships?
- What are the qualifications of the camp staff?
- What is the ratio of adults–to–campers?
- Who is in charge of the program and what is the organization’s philosophy?
- Is the staff trained to handle medical concerns?
- Is the environment friendly to my child’s diet restrictions?
Channel 3 Kids Camp offers summer camp and year-round programming. Each year over 4,000 children ages 6-16 from Connecticut and areas throughout New England attend the Channel 3 Kids Camp in Andover, CT.
The Connecticut Family Support Network also has a list of recreational resources.
Other places to find summer programming and camp opportunities:
- Search Online
- Check social media networking sites
- Ask teachers, counselors and coaches at your child’s school
- Ask other parents
- Check your local church, your town Parks and Recreation Department, or the YMCA
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