The weather is warming, the snow is melting…only three months more of school for many Northeast Ohio kids. While summer might seem far away, it is time for summer camp planning as most registrations begin in January and February – some begin as early as November the year prior. Signing up early for summer camp is generally recommended to guarantee your child gets a spot at your first camp choice.
There are a few important questions to ask yourself before beginning your extensive summer camp research…
- Is your child ready for camp? Many day camps are open to children as young as three. Some overnight camps are open to children ages six through 18 with the average age of overnight campers being 10 to 13.
- Which types are best for your child’s physical, emotional and educational needs?
- What’s your budget? Camp tuitions vary widely…from $100 per week to over $1,000 per week. The average cost is $600-700 per week.
Before we dive into NEO summer camp research resources, let’s talk about why summer camp might be a great option for your child. Camp is the perfect opportunity for your offspring to put down the smart phone and pick up some interpersonal skills! According to research by the Kaiser Foundation, kids between ages eight to 18 spend an average of 6.5 hours per day engaged with some type of media. At camp, kids interact person-to-person. Interpersonal skills will take your child far in life, and camp is an excellent way to foster leadership, teamwork and empathy in a way that just can’t be taught in a classroom. Camps encourage kids to broaden their horizons and try lots of unique activities in a safe, fun environment. Your child might find an exciting new hobby or talent that they would like to further explore. And, camp is one more way to build incredible Northeast Ohio memories!
Camp options in NEO are both numerous and wide-ranging. The offerings include special interest camps for sports, education and arts as well as more traditional camp experiences. Here are a few helpful links regarding Cleveland, Akron and Canton area summer camps – great places to start your research!
- Northeast Ohio Parent, “Summer Camp Guide”
- Northeast Ohio Family Fun, “Summer Camps in Cleveland, OH”
- Northeast Ohio Family Fun, “Summer Camps in Akron, OH”
- Northeast Ohio Family Fun, “Summer Camps in Canton, OH”
- Northeast Ohio Family Fun, “Overnight Summer Camps”
The guides listed above predominantly feature a variety of awesome options organized and operated by private schools, cultural institutions, educational institutions, clubs, churches, etc.
In addition to the summer camps presented in the camp guides, there are several other options available and worth considering…
If you are looking for a neighborhood summer camp, you can start by checking with your community’s recreation center, YMCA or JCC to see if they offer summer programs. The following communities are just a few examples offering summer camps. Many of these camps are open to non-residents as well.
Medina County: Medina
Country Club Camps
Many local country clubs offer wonderful swim, tennis and more camps to both members and non-members. All your child typically needs to attend one of these camps is a club member to sponsor them, which basically is just a letter stating that the member would like your child to be able to attend.
Northeast Ohio is home to several exceptional camps for children with various special needs. Your child’s teachers are a great resource regarding summer camp options that would best fit your child’s needs. Also, here are a few helpful resources detailing several excellent summer camp options for those with special needs.
- Milestones Autism Resources
- Achievement Centers for Children
- Julie Billiart School’s List of Community Resources
With all of this information, you are headed in the right direction for finding the perfect summer camp; but, just in case you’d like even more information, here are a few more helpful links…
- “Camp Starts Here: Leave the Devices at Home”
- “Benefits of Camps: Psychological Aspects”
- “Summer Camps Make Kids Resilient”
- Today’s Family Magazine, “2017 Summer Camp Guide”
- American Camp Association
Executive Arrangements’ extensive Northeast Ohio knowledge enables new hires and their families to feel educated and at home in Cleveland, Akron or Canton. Our “settling-in” services are just as helpful as our talent attraction services. Call us at 216.231.9311.