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Summer camp visiting day primer

Jill Tipograph is the only independent summer planning expert, founder of EverythingSummer.comand the author of Your Everything Summer Guide. She is passionate about identifying and designing the right summer experiences for kids, teens,...

Camp chatter: Visiting day

Visiting Day at summer camp is a day eagerly awaited by both parent and child. The date is foremost in your mind, yet it signifies that camp is halfway over(boo hoo!), in most cases. You are looking forward with great anticipation, but are you ready to make this day a success?

Who is invited: Siblings, grandparents?

Find out the camp's policy and find out if you need to RSVP ahead of time. If grandparents are attending, be sure to know the terrain to prepare them for walking.

Tip: If transportation is needed (e.g. golf cart), schedule this ahead of time -- it may be limited.

Other details to consider:

  • Is there a sibling sleepover during visiting weekend? This is often a great way for your child (if gender appropriate) to get a taste of the camp for their future attendance. It's also a great bonding time for separated siblings.
  • Alternate visiting day? Some camps offer more than one day to accommodate visiting conflicts for siblings attending other camps, as well as divorced families.
  • If it is on departure day, how does this work? If your child may be leaving camp, it is bittersweet for them. While you want to meet their friends and counselors, see their activities, they may be sad to leave their friends. Be sure to allow them the time they need to say good bye.

Trip planning

Consider combining visiting day with a sightseeing trip to the vicinity's scenic areas. Some camps are situated in nature environments you may not often get a chance to visit. Take advantage of this.

More tips for a smooth trip:

  • Book reservations well in advance; camps in the area tend to have the same visiting days and hotels/inns and restaurants get booked early.
  • Keep in mind summer traffic and weather delays caused by summer thunderstorms, and plan to arrive the day before so you don't miss any of the day's planned events and disappoint your child.
  • Are younger siblings ready for overnight camp next summer? Plan to visit camps in the area if your current camper attends a different gender camp. Visiting day weekends are popular for camp tours so schedule these well in advance.

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