Camp is that rite of passage that filled your summer days way back when. It’s a different world now that you have your own camp-age kid at home, but camp is an experience not to be missed. Sure, your kid could spend their summer on the couch with their device in hand, or they could have experiences that will shape their lifelong interests and even be a source of lifelong friendships. The benefits remain constant.
But how do you choose the right one for them? Day camps, outdoors, indoors, science camps, art camps, computer camps, nature camps, activity camps, overnight camps—the options are as different as every child’s personality.
There are lots more factors to consider when selecting a camp for your child: duration, cost, geographical distance from your home, and of course your child’s readiness and level of interest in a certain subject. Specialty camps provide concentrated instruction in one or two areas and are a good option for those who are extremely focused on a given activity and can maintain their attention span.
For kids who are ready for sleepaway or overnight camp, there’s even more to think about. First, schedule a trial run, or send them to a relative’s house for the weekend. How did they do away from home? Were they able to take care of their personal needs? Did they adjust to different foods? Did they sleep well? How did they experience or cope with homesickness? And let’s be real, are you ready to send them away?
We know you want to land on the camp that’s right for your child, so begin your search here on our directory where you’ll find many of the best overnight camps in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond across the state.