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When Are Kids Ready For Camp

This question typically comes from parents of 4-6 year olds. Families are considering moving from a traditional daycare environment to day camp. Others have been able to have the children at home but realize the importance of steady social interaction with peers knowing kindergarten is near. When evaluating a summer camp, parents ask questions, talk to other parents, take campus tours and develop an enrollment decision.

Parents often use the summer camp format and schedule to help children transition to full-day kindergarten or 1st grade schedules. For those of us with young children we have many decisions to make, and there is no perfect answer. The difficulty of this decision exists on many levels. For some families, daycare is the only place their kids have ever been. The staff and teachers are familiar with their child and parents have comfort knowing their kids are safe and in good care. Parents seek change when they notice daycare no longer stimulates their child’s mind or expends enough of their energy. Kids at the higher end of the daycare age scale can feel too old, or too big for that environment.

A summer camp with a nurturing approach offers a wonderful experience for campers. This is especially true with Pre-K and Kindergarten campers. Whether they are transitioning from daycare, preschool, or this is their first time in an organized learning environment, these children require individual attention from a consistent group of well-trained staff. A positive start to the day and a simplified transition are among the many little things that translate for big success.

Learning how to swim, developing friendships, growing social skills, and expending youthful energy with games & fitness are critical aspects of a comprehensive summer camp program.

When a family chooses Rush for summer camp, we appreciate the gravity of that decision. The program goals for each camper are to build confidence & self-esteem, to work with others in a team setting, and build relationships. In doing all of this, our young campers return home each day effectively tired. As parents, we understand the feeling of dropping a child off somewhere new for the first time. Our staff, our professionalism, and our caring nature demonstrate our nearly 50 year commitment to serving young people and families in the best manner possible.