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How to choose the right summer camp for your kids

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Summer is a break for kids, but you still need to keep them busy. So you sign them up for camp, hoping to keep the kids entertained at a safe camp and all at an affordable price.  

If you haven't looked for summer camps yet you really have to get on it.  Many are filled up, but not all of them.  Here's the number one thing on this 'to do" list.

Ask your children what they might want to do, and tailor the choice to their interest. If you've got a budding tennis star at home, science camp might not be the best idea.  You want your child to enjoy the experience, not dread it.

Second, check on the price. A pricey tuition doesn't always mean a better camp.  There are great lower priced camps out there.  Try the YMCA, your church, the Scouts, or the park and recreation department near you.  

Still feel like you can't afford it? Many camps offer financial assistance, but you generally have to be the first in line to get that.  Some organizations have a limited pool of money.

Now that you've narrowed it down, Kim Castro who runs the summer camps at the Decatur-DeKalb YMCA, says start asking a lot of questions.

"Talk with them about their staff.  see what kind of training they've had. look at what are you paying for.  are you just getting - come in and let your kids play or are they getting some physical activity. are they getting some education," said Kim Castro.

The American Camp Association web site is full of terrific information.  That site has lists of free camps and summer camp ideas. Now this is something to think about for next summer - start your camp hunt right after Christmas.  Yes, that soon.  Many programs offer early sign-up discounts. And those discounts can be quite significant. For more information, click here!

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