Author: Mark Dubler
1. What is the Location of the Camp?
The outdoor setting of a camp is important. Several Ohio summer camps are located in valleys or by lakes or nestled away in a forest. Ask yourself what surroundings make your child come alive and have fun. Have you done a lot of deep woods camping with your family? Does your child love boating or fishing? As you research various Ohio summer camps, try to set up a time to visit each one and ask for a tour and take a walk to get a sense of the surroundings and what each camp has to offer.
The Ohio summer camps you consider will vary in distance from where you live, so a good discussion to have is one regarding how far away from home your child is comfortable staying, and how far away are you comfortable with.
2. What Size of Camp is Best for Your Child?
For many adults, their weeks at Ohio summer camps were the most fun and formative of their growing up years. And kids can really grow personally at summer camp as they encounter experiences that are formative in their maturity and development.
So, the size of the camp may matter, because different children thrive in different environments. Some kids love to explore the woods and spend time alone along the lake or with a close friend. Other kids thrive with lots of activity and many kids all around. You probably know your child better than anyone else. What size and setting would be the best for them?
3. Get a Sense of the Leadership of the Camp
As mentioned above, personally visiting various Ohio summer camps can tell you a lot. One important question you can answer is, what sense do you get about the personality of the camp? Those who are led tend to become like those who lead them, so meeting and interviewing camp staff members can help you determine the feel and approach of leadership and how they will relate to their campers.
If you are willing to put time and a little effort into researching the variety of Ohio summer camps available to you, you will find the one that is best for your child and even one that they may return to again and again.