Finding the Right Summer Camp for Your Child

Ah — summer camp. For some kids, summer camps mark the best time of year, and the friendships they make at summer camps can last a lifetime. But when it comes to picking the best one, there are a lot of factors to consider. Here are a few types of camps to keep in mind when thinking about your child. 

Day camps vs half-day camps

Not all summer camps are structured to have a full day run! Some specialty camps are afternoon events for a few weeks. Others last from 8 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. with a meal and breaks in between. If your child likes structure, consider enrolling them in a day camp. If they want to explore a lot of activities or can’t commit to a full day, try out half-day camps. 

Length of program

Some camps only run for a week. Other programs are far more intensive and can last for a month or longer! If your child wants to try out multiple camps, look for shorter camps. If your child wants to dive into an intensive program, consider a month-long camp opportunity. (Something to keep in mind is that older students are typically the ones who will experience these more intensive programs.)

Residential camps

Residential camps (or sleepaway camps) are what students might think of when they hear the words “summer camp.” Residential camps involve students packing their bags for overnight trips. If your child has never been away from home before, residential camps are great opportunities to build confidence on their own! It can help them establish independence as well. These programs vary in length and some are themed to certain subjects, so consider what’s best for your child. 

About Lake Forrest Prep’s Star Camp

We offer our own camp for students called Star Camp! It’s open to any student who has completed kindergarten through 5th grade. As you’re looking at options for camp, know that Star Camp is a favorite in the Orlando area. 

Each week, activities are centered around a fun theme and curriculum is created by our teachers. Some activities include water exploration, outside play, games, movies, scavenger hunts, and more! Each week also includes a field trip that aligns with the theme. 

Star Camp is open daily from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The program begins at 9:00 each day and ends at 3:00 p.m. There is no additional cost for before and after camp care. Students can attend for a week, multiple weeks, or the entire summer. We offer part-time and full-time options each week. For more info on Star Camp, please contact the Orlando private school at 407-331- 5144 or e-mail jgreco@lakeforrestprep.com

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