Summer Camps

With the school holidays starting as early as the end of May for secondary schools and the last week in June for the primary schools the summer holidays are long and a certain amount of planning is required to keep the children entertained. It is great for them to have days with nothing planned but after a while the questions start: ‘What are we doing today’,’ where are we going?’

One way to fill some time is to sign up for a Summer Camp. There are many camps around. The regular national ones like FAI Soccer Camp, Samba Soccer, VHI Cul Camps are well advertised. Don’t; forget to investigate more local ones that are held in sports centres, local GAA Clubs, child care facilities (eg Bright Sparks in Mitchelstown provide structured activities) and crafty camps (eg Kinsale Pottery).

An added bonus, which they all love, is when they come away with a kit or bag. The FAI are giving away a playing kit, football, backpack, water bottle as well as the chance to have your jersey personalised if you book before 15 May.

The camps are good for meeting up with their friends, encouraging independence and for making new friendships. They can learn new skills and in the sports camps they get plenty of exercise.

Sometimes the problem can be trying to limit the number of camps you send your child too, the costs certainly add up when they are going to 3 or 4. Limit the number to what suits you, coordinate with other parents if they would like to meet their friends, and spread them out over the duration of the holiday and your child will get more out of each individual camp and possibly appreciate them more.

See the Summer edition of 4kids for comprehensive lists of Summer Camps running in your region.

First published 4kids Summer 2008