Summer Guide: Finding the best camp value for your kids



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Posted on June 14, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 14 at 7:39 AM

SEATTLE -- Schools all over the region are now getting out, so summer vacation is kicking off for many students across Western Washington. And that means many parents are looking for summer activities for their kids.

It's not too late to sign your kids up for summer camps. There are a lot of options out there, but some can get pricey, especially if you have more than one child.

At the Boys and Girls Club in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, counselors suggest asking about discounts, scholarships or financial aid when checking out summer camps.   
Experts also recommend the following:

•    Talk to you kids. Pinpoint what your child is interested in. Some summer camps offer a range of activities, while others are much more specialized.

•    Do your research and discuss options. If you can, take your kids for a visit to make sure they feel comfortable.

•    Do the math. If everything but the price sounds perfect, consider a shorter stay, such as four weeks instead of all summer.

Parents can check out affordable options at the Boys and Girls Clubs, the YMCA, school or sports or church camps, and city or community summer programs.  For example, Seattle's Parks and Recreation has some great and cheap programs like swimming or martial arts this summer.   

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