Camps for Kids
An Age-by-Age Guide
Ages 5 to 7
The kindergarten and young school age child is also a more likely candidate for the day camp rather than the residential camp scenario, but a much wider variety of special interests and activities are available. Most children this age can adapt well to a drop-off program that does not require parental attendance, and are independent enough to enjoy the experience. This is especially true of children who have already experienced preschool or kindergarten environments.
By this age, children can, and should be, involved a little in the decision of attending camp and allowed to express opinions on the camp experience they believe they would most enjoy. A good tip is to present only camps options which meet parents needs and expectations for timing, budgetary and other reasons.
Camps specializing in music, gymnastics, dance, sports, even academics and language may be available in your area for this age group, but choosing a narrowly focused day camp may not be the best option. Experts in child development stress the need for variety for children of this age, and general day camps which offer a wide selection of arts and crafts, games, storytelling, music and other activities are most likely to offer your child a balanced and fun experience. Serious academic camps at this age are not generally recommended.
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