More than 50 camps will gather for you to do your summer camp research all in one place-and getting your questions answered in person, well, there's nothing better than that.
Day camp? Specialty camp? Sleepaway? With all of the options, finding the right summer camp for your child can be overwhelming. It's important to do your homework.
"Camp is such a wonderful, life-changing experience," says Catherine Pearlman, Ph.D., LMSW, a Westchester mom of two also known as The Family Coach. "It's a child's first step to independence, and it allows kids to shine in different ways than they do in school. Parents should take the time to find the right fit and research camps like they would preschools."
Explore Camps for All Ages
This year’s Westchester Camp and Activities Fair, scheduled for Feb.10 (12-3pm) at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains, will bring together more than 50 camps, including day, specialty, and sleepaway camps, and give parents the opportunity to do their camp “research” all in one afternoon.
Walking around the camp fair provides much more than an opportunity to pick up helpful brochures. Mingling with the directors and camp staff present helps families get a feel for what each camp has to offer and get questions answered personally—and because both local day camps as well as sleepaway camps from the Poconos, Maine, and New Jersey, for example, will all be represented, it’s a time to find the right fit for younger first-time campers as well as the more seasoned older sibling ready for a different camp experience.
“To me, there’s no greater gift ?in the world than camp,” says ?Jill Tipograph, founder and director of the New Jersey-based Everything Summer, the only independent summer consultancy dedicated to families in the area, and a mom of two.
“Kids are accepted unconditionally. It helps them transition from one phase of life to another. Every child has different needs and families have different budgets, but you can get that experience based on whatever your needs are.”
The event is sponsored by Webster Bank and is hosted by NYMetroParents and Westchester Parent. Admission to the fair is free for attendees, who can also participate in raffles and win prizes.
For more information on the Westchester Camp & Summer Activities Fair, visit westchestercampfair.com.