By Sue Rodman
Summer camps are a great way for kids to try new things or spend more time delving into a particular interest. It’s also a great way to get them out of their normal routine and look at life from a different perspective. There is no doubt that summer camp is good for kids, but for parents, it can be expensive, especially if you have multiple children. Below are are five ways to save money on summer camp. To find out about summer camp programs near Atlanta, visit the Field Trips with Sue Atlanta Summer Camp Guide.
Sign Up Early
Most savings for summer camp come from signing up early. Sleep away camps usually give a 5 percent or more discount if you register either when you pick your child up from camp the year before or before the fall recruiting season. Day camps may also have discounts for early registration. No matter when you register, ask about discounts, you never know what you might have missed.
Sleep away camps give discounts to parents who host home shows or get their child’s friends and acquaintances to register. Ask your day camp provider if they offer discounts for multiple children, either your own, or friends.
Follow Your Favorites
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta offered a half price on summer camp deal last year through their newsletter and social media channels. If you know what camp you’d like to attend, be sure to sign up for their newsletter and follow them on social media. Often if they have discounts, they’ll advertise them there first. Need to figure out what camps to follow? The Field Trips with Sue Atlanta Summer Camp Guide is a good place to start investigating the camps that might interest your child.
If you have the time, volunteer to be a counselor or adult helper. Some camps offer a discount or free registration for volunteers.
Create Your Own Camp
Summer is a perfect time to find a bright, energetic college student to watch your kids and put together a personalized camp. In the past I’ve hired nannies that were certified swim instructors and asked them to take the boys to the pool and work with them on swimming. One nanny played on the college club lacrosse team, a perfect match for my boys. In addition, they took advantage of local, inexpensive opportunities for fun such as free library programs and free time at local pools. My book, 100 + Free Things to do in Atlanta is a great resource for summer planning. In addition, subscribe to local blogs like Field Trips with Sue for information on fun things to do all summer long.
How do you save money on summer camp? Leave us a comment with your tips and tricks.