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Choosing the Best Summer Camp for Your Child

campboy webFor Makeba S. Barnes of Upper Marlboro, choosing a summer camp for her two sons was a relatively easy decision.

“When our boys were accepted to The Key School, my husband, Darryl, and I decided a fun way to get them acquainted with the campus and make friends before the new school year began was for them to attend Summer at Key [day camp program],” says Barnes. “Our goal was for them to ‘know’ Key before the first day of school in September. Our decision proved to be a good one. Our boys were familiar with the campus, knew a few adults and looked forward to being in class with some of the friends they made over the summer.”

As Barnes discovered, summer camp programs offered by schools are convenient options. But if your child’s school doesn’t offer a program, or if you prefer for him or her to participate in a different type of camp experience, such as an overnight camp, choosing a program may be more difficult. Many camps specialize in a specific activity—from sports to the arts to academics—so it may seem as if the choices are endless. And making the right decision can seem overwhelming. But by doing some research and exploring your options, you can choose the best camp for your child and ensure that he or she has a fun experience.

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