Sending a child to overnight camp at the wee age of 6 might seem a bit young. But sometimes it can be tough to find the right summer activities for kids to keep them busy. And if your kid has an intense love of all things outdoors, if they seem ready, and if you know how incredible the summer camp experience can be, 6 years old might be just right.
If you’ve made the decision to send your young kid to camp, you might want to know how to find and select the perfect camp. Here are a few tips:
Do a lot of research. Look into what type of camp would suit your child the best, along with research on the reputation of the camp and how qualified they are to be caring for your little one. Lots of resources online will help you select a camp that’s right for you and your family. Read and read and then read some more on the topic.
Narrow your choices down early on. After doing a lot of reading, narrow the decision down to one or two camps. There are tons and tons of great camps out there – and we’d love to hear which ones you love!
We’ve found that Camp Arowhon in Algonquin Park and Camp Kandalore near Minden are great camps in the Ontario region. Here’s why these two camps made our shortlist for little kids:
Camp Arowhon is not only set in the wilderness of Algonquin with beautiful and pristine lakes, rivers and forests. The camp's activities are all based around kids having fun and learning skills. Campers get individual attention and personal teaching at their level so that the kids are constantly active, learning and happy. Which means they’ll go home walking taller and feeling prouder – with incredible camp memories, new friends and with important new skills.
At Camp Kandalore, the counsellors are amazing. They’re patient and kind and love the kids they’re with all summer long – which means more peace of mind for parents that their young children are not only having fun, but are safe and well cared for as well. Plus, Kandalore has a very high return rate of campers – and 90% of the staff were campers at Kandalore. So once you get there, it seems like you never want to leave! One of the added bonuses for parents sending young kids to camp – they have a one-week session option for little kids (while many overnight camps don’t offer the one-week option).
Good luck in your search! And be sure to let us know which summer camps are your family’s favourites!
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