It can be difficult choosing the right summer camp for your child with so many types of summer camps. This guide to summer camps can help make your life easier and more affordable!

There is a long list of types of summer camps from the more traditional North American camps to more modern specialist camps. Each of these types of summer camps offers its own positives, as well as its own limitations. Here are 5 things to think about when choosing the right summer camps:

1) Activities

How diverse are the activities for your child? If the camp runs for one or more weeks, you need some range of activities.

For traditional overnight camps, there is a wide range of activities on offer! This could include swimming, archery, arts & crafts, sports, etc.

For more modern specialist camps, you need to be aware that many consist of doing the same thing all day, e.g. art or gymnastics. While a 1 hour gymnastics class is amazing, doing that same activity all day for 5 days is probably not for everyone. Likewise, doing soccer outdoors all day, every day, is not the safest things for kids to be doing during the hot summer months. It’s all about balance. Some camps try to mix unrelated activities together, e.g. art and soccer, but this is a haphazard way of running a camp.

At Kumbuka, we offer not only diversity across the summer, but even within a single camp there is a wide range of areas of learning while playing and being creative. We also offer a balance of indoor and outdoor time, and education time and free time – and even the education time is fun and engaging through out our 8 weeks of themes and adventures.

2) Staff

Without question, the most important consideration for choosing any summer camp is the staff that will be working with your child. Too many summer camp organisations rely on undergrads or high school students as their camp leaders, because they are often paid less. Alternatively, even in the case that the staff are adults, they may have certain skills or expertise, but they may not necessarily be trained to work with children. This affects their ability to know how to work with children effectively, as well as potentially undermining their judgement in ensuring students’ safety and welfare.

Kumbuka Summer Camp staff is made up of enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals. We carefully select and train our Summer Staff members, who are dedicated to the care and support of your child. We aim to have our staff reflect the community we serve. We believe in fostering a healthy and proactive team environment that allows our staff to provide focused care and supervision to your child as he/she navigates the daily Kumbuka program. It’s essential to us that our staff know how to work with children really well!

3) Numbers

Is there a limit to how many people can attend the summer camp? The majority of summer camps do not provide any information about maximum numbers of campers. Having more students in a camp makes it more profitable for the organisation, but plays a significant role in potential welfare and safety issues arising.

At Kumbuka, we have a maximum of 20 campers per week. With younger classes, creating a maximum adult to student ratios to about 1:5, which is really good! We believe in having smaller ratios increases the opportunity for making connections and creating a memorable summer.

4) Hours

A practical consideration is the hours of the camp. Not all summer camps offer full day camps. Many are half day only. For many families, this is a deciding factor since most parents and/ or guardians have jobs with full-time hours.

Kumbuka offers full-day/full-week camps, 9am – 4pm Monday-Friday. We also offer pre-camp (7-8am) and after-camp (3-5pm) for families that need the extra hours.

5) Cost

Sadly, but understandably, cost is often the ultimate deciding factor for which camps children end up attending.

At Kumbuka we charge as affordable a rate as we think reasonable, with superb discounts to encourage families to register their kids in a variety of our camps to get the full ‘Kumbuka experience’ (as opposed to simply signing their kid up for a cooking camp, because their kid only likes cooking!).

While parents need childcare services, children need high-quality education and other high-quality activities. Those things (staff, time, limited class sizes, activity materials, etc.) come at a price.

There is much to consider when deciding the best way for you and your children to spend the summer holiday. If camp is in you plans these 5 considerations should help you make a choice good for you.