With the summer season not that far away, it is the time of the year to plan activities. For some kids, it will soon mean packing up and heading out for camp. News 13 has advice to remember in this Problem Solver report.
According to the American Camp Association, there are more than 12,000 day and resident camps across the nation. Doing your homework, asking the right questions, can save you time and money.
Some psychologists say camps can help kids develop coping strategies, like going on a hike, competitive sports and much more. Then, there are the challenges of learning how to get along with peers.
It may take some work finding the camp that is right for your child and your pocketbook. Sometimes, things don't work out. In fact, the Better Business Bureau says last year, it received 100 complaints against various camps across the nation. The BBB says most of the complaints dealt with refund issues that led to unauthorized credit card charges. So try to take as much guess work out of your search for a camp. The Better Business Bureau offers resources to help in your task.
Keep these tips in mind:
You may also want to consider a backup plan. In case the camp you choose gets canceled for unexpected reason, be sure to have another camp or two in mind.