What Should You Look for in a Summer Camp?

What Should You Look for in a Summer Camp?, Brainy Bytes Cobb Cherokee

Summer is coming, and like most parents, you are probably wondering what camp would be best for your campers this year. Here are 5 things educators say every parent should prioritize when selecting a STEM (or any) camp.

1) ENGAGING LEARNING: Seek out camps that prioritize hands-on, experiential learning activities. Children learn best by doing, so look for camps that offer opportunities for campers to build and create, experiment and test hypotheses, and collaborate with their peers.

2) VARIETY: Look for camps that offer a diverse range of topics and activities, catering to different interests and learning styles. A well-rounded STEM curriculum might include robotics, coding, engineering challenges, scientific investigations, and creative projects such as game design or digital art. This allows children to explore various STEM fields and discover their passions while developing a broad range of skills.

3) SEASONED INSTRUCTORS: Ensure that the camp employs instructors who are not only knowledgeable in their respective programs but also skilled at engaging and inspiring young learners. Seek out programs where the instructors are employed year-round rather than just during the summer; these instructors are clearly experienced and dedicated to teaching.

4) SKILL ENHANCEMENT: Choose a camp that emphasizes the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Look for camps that present challenges and projects that require students to think creatively, analyze information, and develop solutions to real-world problems. These experiences help children build essential skills and confidence in their ability to tackle challenges independently.

5) APPROPRIATE CAMP SIZE: Small camp sizes and an appropriate instructor-camper ratio ensure that each child receives personalized attention and support in a fun and inviting environment. With fewer campers per session, campers can build meaningful connections with their instructors and fellow participants.

Focusing on these key factors should ensure a rewarding and enriching summer camp experience that fosters creativity and curiosity while building friendships and self-confidence!

Learn more about Brainy Bytes 2024 Summer Camp Program and find the perfect camp for your child!