How to pick the right summer camp for your child

Ask: What activities do they have planned?

Believe it or not, it’s already time to start planning for summer camps for the kids.

So, how do you choose one that’s the right fit for the child in your life? We spoke to the experts at the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit for some helpful guidelines.

Their first piece of advice is to consider the staff.

These are the people who are going to be around your child all day, interacting with them and keeping them safe. You want to make sure these staffers have been background checked and properly trained to care for kids and foster a good environment.

Next, you want to ask: What activities will there be? You want to make sure they are engaging and age-appropriate for your child. It’s also a good idea to see a range of activities, some physical ones, and some mental ones that encourage learning.

Also, given Michigan’s unpredictable weather, you should see both indoor and outdoor activities on the roster. In the end, your child should feel excited to go to camp.

If your child has any sort of special needs, the YMCA experts strongly encourage you to talk to a staff member before enrolling your son or daughter in a camp. It’s a good idea for the camp to know your child’s abilities, and any extra care or attention they may need.

For more information on the summer programs at the YMCA, they are having an open house on May 14 from 1-3 p.m. You can also click or tap here to visit their website. If you want to see how summer camp can benefit your child, watch the full video above.


About the Author:

Michelle Oliver is a multimedia Journalist for the 10 a.m. lifestyle show, "Live in the D." She is known as "the food girl" because of her two popular food franchises, Dine in the D and Find Your Fix. Michelle also covers stories on homegrown businesses, style, and other fun things happening in the D.