When we were kids, life was simpler. Many of us just hung around the house during the summer and played with neighborhood friends or maybe attended a local day camp sponsored by our school or city.
Well, nowadays there are camps for everything you can imagine! It can be quite confusing, and even stressful, trying to find the right camp for our kids. Sometimes we even have to choose different camps for each child based on their interests.
Finding the best camp is essential for our children’s comfort and growth. Camps can offer them experiences and tools to go out in the world and discover who they are.
If you are struggling to find the right camp for your child this summer, take this fun and easy quiz. You’ll be able to discover which type of camp is the best fit for your child.
Only choose one answer.
1. How would you best describe your child in one word?
2. What is one of your child’s favorite subjects in school?
B. Physical education
C. Math or science
D. My child likes a variety of classes
3. What is your child’s favorite activity after school?
A. Music lessons
B. Playing a sport
C. Robotics or science club
D. Participating in a bunch of different activities with friends
4. Which type of birthday party would your child most likely choose?
A. Dance party
B. Indoor soccer or gymnastics
C. Science museum
D. Every year it’s different
5. What does your child usually do on weekends?
A. Goes to theater rehearsal
B. Has a game
C. Competes in a robotics or math tournament
D. Mixes it up with bike rides, art projects, and shooting hoops
6. What is your child’s favorite role in a group project?
D. Fills in wherever needed
7. What’s your child’s favorite rainy day activity?
A. Listening to music
B. Running around the house
C. Playing a video game
D. Inviting a friend over to hang out
8. Which would be your child’s dream vacation?
A. Seeing Broadway shows
B. Touring sports stadiums
C. Visiting science museums
D. Doing something different every day, including hiking, playing on the beach, and amusement parks
9. What would your child hope to achieve at summer camp?
A. Starring in a musical
B. Being team captain
C. Creating an app
D. Trying new things
10. What does your child want to be when he/she grows up?
A. Movie star
D. No clue
Tally up your answers and match the letter you mostly chose to the type of camp below.
A. Creative/Performing Arts Camps
Specialty art and musical theater camps focus specifically on the arts. Some may offer a variety of art forms to choose from, such as pottery, woodworking, painting, and photography. Others focus solely on one type of art, such as sewing camp or band camp. Musical theater camps are popular and showcase a production after weeks of rehearsals. Art camps come in all lengths and locations. You can sign your child up for a one-week art camp at your local recreational center or find multi-week overnight art camps where they can truly hone their craft.
B. Sports Camps
Sports camps usually consist of only one sport that a child plays throughout the day. The main goal is for participants to improve their skills by focusing extensively on a sport they love. You can find all types of sports camps like tennis, golf, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, or gymnastics. It is also a way for your child to try a new sport or something only offered during the summer.
C. Science/Tech Camps
If your child loves to code, build, and tinker, then a tech camp may be the right fit. These types of camps make learning about science and technology fun and exciting for kids. They also provide an opportunity for kids to dive deeper into a subject they love, such as working on a science experiment, designing a website, or programming a robot.
D. Traditional Camps
Traditional camps are what you think of when you envision summer camp–canoeing, hiking, archery, relay races, swim lessons, and crafts. They can be considered “jack-of-all-trades” camps because they offer all types of activities for children to try. If your child enjoys exploring and experiencing new things and has not yet found one specific activity that they are passionate about, then a traditional camp is a wonderful choice. Some are day camps, while others are overnight experiences where your kids can also learn more independence skills. Overnight camps also offer a more rustic, outdoorsy experience that includes campouts, cabins, campfires, and activities on the lake.