Day Camps
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A day camp is a place where children from 3 yrs of age go for the summer. Day camps provide varied recreation programs for children. Often a day camp may not be an actual camp at all; it is simply a program that provides a place for kids to go and activities for them to do, during summertime when they are out of school. For example, a day camp may operate inside a youth recreational facility, providing such activities as sports, arts and crafts, and swimming. Day camps are usually run within large buildings, such as recreational centers, Churches, Temples, Private Schools, Parks, or in just about any place that has available space. In addition, in most cities there are highly sophisticated day camp operations on privately owned property with extensive and elaborate facilities, experienced staff and a well established reputation.

Day camps are a great place for children to spend their summers. When summer comes around, children are often left with hours of free time every day. To fill this free time, day camps plan varied activities, some educational and some just fun; physical pursuits, such as swimming, running, and outdoor games, are included as well. These programs are designed to keep children busy, entertained, and to help them grow. Children at day camps are supervised by counselors, who are usually college students, and supervisors who are usually teachers. Camps will hire specialty counselors who are experienced in special skills, such as swimming, arts and crafts, etc.

Most camps provide supervised transportation to and from your home. Many camps take their campers on day trips a few times a week. Examples of day trips are baseball games, the beach, and amusement parks.

Usually, camps are operated during normal business hours, making them helpful for parents who work outside the home. For example, a day camp may run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., giving children something to do while their parents are busy working. Some camps even offer extended hours to help parents who must get to work early and stay at work late. Day camps are not only for parents who work during the summer. Families that have a stay-at-home parent also use them. Generally, such families use them because they provide social opportunities, in addition to recreational or educational options, that children may miss when school is out. Day camps cater to school-age and pre school children, A day camp that takes preschool-age children may have a shorter camp day than others. Preschool-age children often require more attention than school-age campers do and they get it.