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5 Academic Camp Considerations

Many parents seek a summer camp that teaches academic skills. “The right summer enrichment program can pay long-term dividends,” says Bobbi DePorter, founder of SuperCamp, an academic and life skills program operating in Providence, RI and other states.

“Newly acquired academic skills, increased motivation or added confidence can translate into better grades, as well as new academic and personal interests,” says DePorter. She suggests that parents consider these five criteria for a summer enrichment camp.

1. Does the enrichment have any practical application to your child’s academic future? Take a good look at the program’s schedule of activities. Is there more downtime and unstructured free time than there is quality enrichment?

2. What kind of training and expertise does the staff possess? Also, are the program leaders teachers themselves or experts in a particular field?

3. Is there a balance between learning and fun? A good summer enrichment program gives students the feeling that they’re at camp, not back at school.

4. In what ways can a program enrich a student’s life? Look for programs that build kids’ self esteem and motivation, as well as their communication and other life skills.

5. How long is the camp? Students benefit from some summer downtime. On the other hand, camps that last just a few days will have limited value. A good length for enrichment is often two or three weeks.

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