It’s never too early to start thinking about summer, especially where camps are concerned. Here are some planning tips:
- Begin camp research early. Popular overnight camps may begin registration in the fall of the previous year, with first deposits required four or five months in advance. Others, including many day camps, open registration in February or March.
- Get on the mailing list. Sign up for mail, email, or newsletter lists and follow Facebook and Twitter feeds for the places your child will likely go to camp. Many locations announce camp dates, themes and registration dates to loyal followers first.
- Become a member. Popular museums and attractions often open their summer camp registration to members first before allowing the general public to sign up. Members are also likely to receive a discount on camp costs.
- Review the budget. Now is the time to determine how much money is available in the family budget for summer activities. If your budget falls short of your camp of choice, this is also the time to ask about financial assistance, payment options and any special discounts that may be available. Often camps offer discounts for early registration or registration of multiple siblings.
- Talk with other parents. If your child has his heart set on attending a soccer camp with his best buddy, talk with that child’s parent now. Other parents are also a great resource for feedback on camps and classes.
- Relax. There are many camps and recreation districts in town with open classes and camps throughout the summer. Watch the Colorado Parent camp listings throughout the summer months for camps with availability.