It seems that every year there are more and more day camps and that is a good thing. With more mothers working outside the home, the summer can present a problem for those with young children, children who are too young, or just do not want too, to go to sleep away camp. And of course there is the monetary situation to take into consideration. The summer camps cost way less than the sleep away ones. Of course you are going to five what ever camp you choose a good going over, look at them closely, inspect the site, ask about the qualifications of the counselors. It is not only your right, it is you duty to your child to make sure they are in a safe environment.
Check out these Maryland day camps. See what they have to offer, even if they are not convenient for you, they will give you a good idea of what a top day camp offers. Of course, if you like one of them, contact them right away, they fill up fast. Contact your local churches and organizations like the YMCA Many of them have great summer camps also.
Norwood School Day Camp
6821 River Road
Bethesda Maryland, 20817
I especially like the way they have their camp program set up. They take students as young as 3 ½, which is great and they have the program set up so that they younger children get what they need, in more or less a separate setting from the older children. There are three groups
Junior Day Camp (3 ½, 4, and 5 year olds) Here you can choose either half or full day sessions, what ever one you think your child will do best in. Their program includes Music and Movement, Science and Nature, Math Fun, sports and Games, Language Explorations, and Reading Fun, with different activities on different days.
Camp Classes (Entering grades 1-9) These are not the same type of classes that you would find during the school year, although they are set up the same and taught by regular teachers. There are 15 campers to one teacher and one counselor. You can see the entire curriculum on the site, but here are a couple of the courses. Bon voyage! – Bon voyage! is a class where you will have the opportunity to learn about the French speaking world. Cooking 101. Cool Chemistry and Dance Team.
Adventure Camp (Entering grades 4-8)
This is an example of what goes on in the adventure camp. The activities are grade and experience appropriate. They will not have a beginner doing the more difficult tasks.
Monday – White Water Rafting, Tuesday – White Water Kayaking, Wednesday – Hike/Group Project, Thursday – Caving, Friday – Rock Climbing/Bouldering.
ESF Summer Camps at the Gilman School Maryland
5407 Roland Avenue
The day camp is for boys and girls aged 4 to 8 and the programs are geared for the younger child to learn the beginning skills for activities such as Swimming, Arts & Crafts, Sports (Kick Ball Mania, Capture the Treasure, Tennis Racquet Baseball, Beach Ball Volleyball, A Flag Football Competition)Project Discovery(Explore science & nature) and Creative & Performing Arts and much more.