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Why You Should Enroll Your Child in Summer Camp Now

Feb 2, 2024

Summer is a time for fun, sunshine, and relaxation for kids — but if you send your child to camp, they can also reap personal growth benefits that can boost their success in school and in life. While it might seem early to start thinking about summer camp, enrolling your child sooner rather than later can offer numerous benefits. Here’s why it’s definitely not too soon to make this important decision.

Taking Time to Explore

Particularly if your child is new to summer camp, it’s an excellent idea to gather information about programs in your area to get an idea of which should make your shortlist. When you’re down to just a few top picks, it’s time to “kick the tires” of each. Many camps offer touring opportunities or “rookie camps” ahead of summer. Signing up for these is a great way to get a first-hand look at the landscape and facilities, ask questions, and meet other campers and their families. This will give you and your child a concrete sense of what the summer camp experience will be like.

Choosing the Right Fit

Summer camps come in a wide range of themes and focuses, from sports and arts to STEM and nature exploration. Planning to enroll early gives you time to compare available options and select the camp that best aligns with your child’s interests and goals. Making an intentional, informed decision will make you (and your child) happier and more confident about summer plans.

Securing Your Child’s Spot

One of the most compelling reasons to get your summer camp sign-up out of the way early is securing a spot at the camp of your choice. Many popular and highly-rated camps fill up quickly, sometimes months in advance. By registering early, you ensure that your child gets a place in the camp they’ve got their heart set on.

Reducing Pre-Summer Stress

Researching, choosing, and enrolling your child in a summer camp well ahead of summer can also nip stress in the bud for both of you. For you, planning ahead eliminates the last-minute rush to find summer activities for your child, eliminating procrastination anxiety and making the rest of your summer calendar easier to plan. (It also allows you to get a jump on shopping for any needed supplies).

For your child, planning ahead gives them a chance to consider their camp preferences and be involved in the decision-making process. This in turn can help them to prepare for camp not just logistically, but mentally as well. Discussing camp activities and the packing list can even help build excitement in your child, giving them something to look forward to. 

Making Budget-Friendly Choices 

Some camps offer financial perks for early enrollment, such as:

Taking advantage of these financial incentives can help reduce the overall cost of attending camp. It’s a practical way to save money while providing your child with enriching summer experiences.

Enrolling your child in summer camp early is a strategic decision that offers numerous logistical, financial, and stress-reducing benefits. So don’t wait: take advantage of early registration opportunities and give your child a summer full of learning, growth, and fun!

Get Ready for Summer Camp With The Laurel Highlands Council

If you live in the western parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, or West Virginia, enrolling your child in the Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council is an excellent way for them to get all the benefits of attending summer camp — and much more. 

Now is the time to explore our Cub Scout and Scouts BSA Summer Camp Adventure programs! Our summer camps not only foster fun and relaxation, but help kids build valuable practical, social, and leadership skills that will serve them well for years to come. In addition, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community. Contact us today to learn which of our summer camp programs is right for your child.

The Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council serves youth members and volunteer adult leaders throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania and portions of the Potomac region in Maryland and West Virginia. We aim to beneficially involve every eligible child and their family in the fun and adventure of our programs. We provide extraordinary youth development programs that develop and strengthen the values of the Scout Oath and Law. 

So what are you waiting for? Join now!

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