It’s that time of the year again- camp fairs are coming to town. Between baseball practice and dance recitals, it might be hard to find the time to get to a camp fair, but these fairs are extremely important and useful events for you and your camper. Camp fairs offer an amazing opportunity for new and old camp families to learn about and explore hundreds of camps and to enjoy themselves while doing so. Still not convinced? Check out these five highly important reasons for making the time for camp fairs:
Have your questions answered
Whether you are a first time camp family or a seasoned veteran, you are likely to have lots of questions about camp. All campers and parents have questions- and a camp fair is a great place to have these questions answered in real time. Whether you have questions about activities, cabins, prices, food, or anything else on your mind, the staff at each camp´s booth will be ready and waiting to answer them all. A camp fair is like one great interview where you can have every question, no matter how big or small, answered immediately.
Get to know more than just a voice on the phone
You probably wouldn’t send your child off to a playdate at a stranger’s house, and camp shouldn’t be any different. Camp fairs give you the opportunity to meet some of the people who you might choose to entrust with your child’s safety and happiness. Camps often have directors, managers, or other trusted staff help to man their fair booths, so you will likely meet people who will interact with your child regularly during their time at camp. We can pretty much guarantee that you will feel far more at ease with sending your son or daughter away if you are able to put a face and a name to the voices you hear on the phone or the staff that your camper raves about in letters home. Getting to know some staff members before camp will likely help calm the nerves of both you and your camper.
Survey the options
Although we are sure you have already scoured pages and pages of Google searches and Yelp reviews in search of the very best of the camping world, camp fairs give you the opportunity to have all your camp options in one room- something no search engine can provide. Being able to see camps side by side can help you and your camper to recognize what exactly you are looking for. Camps are each so unique and can vary so drastically- some camps allow campers to live off the land with no electricity while other camps have indoor plumbing and air conditioned cabins. Camp fairs can help you to better narrow down what qualities your ideal camp must have and help you to select a camp that fulfills all of your wishes.
The camp spirit
You won’t find too many places with more positive energy than your local camp fair. Camp fairs exude enough camp spirit to get even the most hesitant potential camper excited about heading off to camp. Camp staff are known for their enthusiasm and ability to turn even the most mundane into magic. Camp fairs inspire excitement for camp for all those in attendance- campers, parents, and even the camp staffs!
Find the right fit
While we believe that camp is a great choice for every kid, not every camp is the right fit for every kid. Finding a camp that promotes your values and makes your child feel safe and secure is of the utmost importance. Reading a camp brochure might give you some insight on a camp´s overall experience, but it is often difficult to find that perfect fit camp without getting to know a camp through a visit to the camp or at a camp fair. Take your time looking around and speaking with the camps represented at the camp fair and before you know it, you will find a camp that feels just right.
Whether you strike gold and find the camp of your wildest dreams or you decide to hold off on camp for the year, camp fairs are guaranteed to leave you with a fun-filled time for the whole family- and probably some sweet camp goodies. Camp fairs are an unbeatable experience and a great opportunity to get to know a little bit more about the camp world around you. Families new to camp and those more familiar with camp agree that camp fairs are definitely worth your time and will leave you counting down the days until summer!
Search online to find out about camp fairs in your area. To find out about the upcoming What’s Up for Kids Family Expo and Camp Fair on April 9th at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and to learn more about the fun that awaits your camper click here.
Guest Writer-Daryl Moss, Director/General Manager Canyon Creek Summer Camp
Daryl Moss graduated cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology in 1991. This summer will mark his 33rd summer working with kids in camp. For over 15 years, he was the Athletic Director at The Willows Community School in Culver City, CA. Additionally, Daryl spent 16 years as the Director of Sports and the Coordinator of the four different summer day camps at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center in West Los Angeles, CA. In May 2000, Daryl was commended by the Los Angeles City Council and the Department of Recreation and Parks by naming the Cheviot Hills gymnasium in his honor. To find out more about Canyon Creek Summer camp visit their website at www.canyoncreeksummercamp.com.