Now might just be the best time to register for summer camp.
We can’t predict the future and we have our fingers crossed that flattening the curve will allow at least a few summer camps to happen. And, not to mention, we are going to need some distance from the kids by the time summer rolls around.
The kids are home
This means they can help in the planning. Make it a research project for them to find the camps they would like to attend. Give them your perimeters (i.e. a budget, driving distance, and hours) and see what they find. You could be surprised. Heck, they are on the internet anyway, you might as well make it useful. And this might teach them some valuable real world skills not just how to watch YouTube and use TikTok.
Camps are uncertain too
The Covid-19 crisis is causing some camps to rethink their pricing and cancellation policy to adapt to the uncertainty around social-distancing. Summer camps are reporting reduced bookings due to Covid-19. This means many summer camps are extending early bird discounts or offering new discounts. You might find a good deal on your ideal camp. Also, take a look into the camp’s cancellation policy to find out when your last opportunity to receive a refund or credit. Camps are trying to remain flexible too.
We want camps around next year
We rely on summer camps entertain our kiddos in the summer, provide childcare, and build important life skills, like resiliency (which we can all agree is important to recover from the huge changes like the ones we are seeing now). As important as summer camps are for families, summer camps typically operate with low margins, meaning they have high annual costs and low profits, even in a good year. This year some might not make it without some financial support from the community. If you are continuing to pay for other items like gym memberships, which you are not using, or ordering from local restaurants to keep them afloat, then you should consider supporting summer camps the same way. Book summer camps now to make sure your favorite camp is around for years to come.
But really in a time of crisis the best time to register for summer camp is when you are able. Please don't let summer camp planning become an added source of stress and worry. Give yourself the empathy and grace to make it through, whatever that looks like for you. If you want help finding best camp for your family, consider using our planning service. You can also make sure we are still here next year by purchasing a gift card, which does not expire (just a thought).