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Why should I give my child a summer camp experience?

Camp allows children to explore personal interests, build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills, discover the creativity and health benefits of the outdoors, and make lasting friendships and memories.

The huge variety of camps ranges from day or overnight with a focus on whatever your child is interested in: the outdoors, the arts, sports, farming, riding, dance or all of it!

Simply use one of the search engines provided below or contact Ms. Ablard jablard@maynard.k12.ma.us for help narrowing your options.

I want to send my child to camp next summer---what should I know?

Isn’t this awfully early to be thinking about summer?
Camps fill fast with returning campers—a testament to the camps’ popularity. If you are looking for scholarship money that too is distributed quickly.

Isn’t camp expensive?
ALL summer camps have some sort of financial assistance—some web sites have an online application, others have a form to down load.

Will my child be safe?
When looking for camps remember that standards for safety vary. There are state standards that each facility HAS to comply with. Above and beyond there is a voluntary accreditation that many camps under go with the American Camping Association -ACA.If a camp is ACA accredited it means that the camp is in compliance with additional 300 criteria. In addition to health, cleanliness and food service, ACA standards apply to programming, management, healthcare, emergency management and more.

Resources for finding a camp:

Massresouces.org
Summer Programs Guide: Free and Low-Cost Summer Activities for Kids in Massachusetts

Don't know what to do this summer? Massachusetts public schools, city and town governments, local colleges, community organizations, and other nonprofit groups offer a wide range of summer activities for children and teens. Many of the programs are free, offer scholarships, accept vouchers, or use a sliding fee scale based on income.

American Camping Association:
This site has a search engine whereby you can search by all sorts of criteria: location, facilities, types of activities, overnight or day…Scholarship applications vary by camp.

YMCA Camps:
Search by location. Each camp listed has a link to their web site.Scholarship application is online.

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