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					by: Ferian Riase

With the summer vacations approaching and the kids becoming restless, many parents start
looking for ways to keep their kids busy. This is when a summer camp comes to their rescue.
Summer camps allow children to indulge in fun activities like swimming, hiking, horse riding,
sailing, etc., and therefore prove to be an ideal solution for such parents. Summer camps are
beneficial for both the kids as well as the parents.

On the one hand, kids have lots of fun while they learn how to make their own lunch, make their
beds, sweep the floor nd even do their own laundry. And, on the other hand, parents can relax at
home, enjoy their free time and do things they generally cannot do because they do not have the
time to do, such as, for example, reading a book, watch a movie, take a nap or even visit a friend.
Nowadays, camps focus on a particular area such as language,art,football or science. Language
programs are becoming increasingly popular because, apart from having fun, kids can learn a
new language and enjoy a beautiful landscape at the same time.

You should consider a few important things before sending your kid to a camp. Kids generally
do not like to change their way of living and have problems adjusting to the new surroundings,
particularly when they are required to stay away for home, even if it is for a very short duration.
Though some kids take to the idea of staying away from home easily, but there are some for
whom changing their routine might be problematic. In such a case, you should try to send your
kid to a camp where some of his/her friends are also going. This will enable your kid to easily
settle in the new surroundings, without feeling lost and alone.

When picking a camp for your kid, there are a few things to bear in mind. All camps must have
specific rules regarding health. In the majority of the cases, camps have a doctor or some kind of
nurse to act if something happens. Of course, if your kid suffers from some disease or illness and
requires a special type of medicine, you must let the camp's main responsible know of it on the
very first day. Make sure that the camp has specialized personnel with lifesaving techniques and
CPR, just in case an accident takes place. Nevertheless, you do not have to worry. The majority
of the camps are very safe.

If you send your children to a summer camp, you will be sure that they are going to have a very
good time, surrounded by many children of their age. It is a good opportunity for them to make
new friends and learn to share with others. You will not regret sending your children to a
summer camp, and you will want to send them again the next year because it is for sure they will
ask to go to it again.

This article was posted on September 14, 2005

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