April showers brought lots of May flowers here in Philadelphia. You know what that means? One month until camps and summer programs open their doors! Are you ready? However, if your answer is no, we have just the list for you. Here is your guide to getting ready for summer for May:
- Register: Sadly, there are still people out there who haven't planned their children's summer. If you are one of those parents, know that you are not alone. Moving forward, gather up all of the necessary information and register as quickly as possible. These programs do fill up and we would hate to see your child be forced to learn how to entertain themselves at home because you didn't sign them up for camp. You get the picture - act now!
- Think ahead: If you plan on extending your camp experience, think about doing it now! Many programs offer students a chance to extend their stay, which is a great service. What you might not think about is that this tactic could limit your kid’s choices while they are there. For example, while camp might still have room for Johnny to extend, his favorite class, App Development, might not have room anymore. You can avoid this sad situation by registering for extra weeks before the summer starts.
- Send in the forms: A summer program likely expects you to return a series of forms. These include medical forms, transportation information, student information and other important documents that help the program take the best care of your child possible. May is the month to get these done. This will give the camp or summer program enough time to ensure that everything is complete.
- Book your travel: Fares tend to rise within 30 days of departure, so the clock is ticking. May is a good month to book your tickets for airplane and train travel.
- Get comfortable with communication: Today, camps use many means of communication to give you the easiest access to answers. Take the time to read through the literature and get familiar with the best ways to reach your child's program this summer. For example, are you likely to have quicker correspondence via e-mail or picking up the phone?
Next month, we will talk about packing for summer and communicating with your child while they are gone, but for now, dot the i's and cross the t's and wait for summer to start!