Camp safety is #1 on the list for every camp director
A camp’s reputation is everything, and more importantly, the people who get into the business of running a sports camp do so because they love kids and they love sports. The last thing they want is for your child to have a bad experience or be injured while at camp. That said, it’s your kid and ultimately it’s your responsibility to make sure that you feel comfortable with the camp your kid will be going to.
Sports Day Camps are great for beginners
If it’s your child’s first year at camp, you might consider a day sports camp. At a day sports camp for beginner athletes, they’ll mostly get good old fashioned exercise and play with other kids their age. Other than accidents that can happen anywhere, there’s not too much to worry about at a day summer sports camp. At a more focused day sports camp, they’ll run real drills and be pushed a little harder, but they’ll be home in time for dinner. Also, at a day summer sports camp, you can be sure that they’re alright at the end of each and every day. And, if your kid’s not having a good time at a day sports camp, they can let you know the minute they don’t feel comfortable. Some camps even charge per day, so you can quit and not even worry about the wasted investment.
For older kids or kids who take their sports real seriously, you might have to step out of your comfort zone and let them go to an overnight sports camp. At overnight camp they’ll really get a chance to be independent and focused on their sport. They’ll be pushed harder at an overnight sports camp and they’ll also have time outside of their drills and organized play time to mingle with other kids. Obviously, there is slightly more potential for something to go wrong if they’re spending several days away from home. However, the number of incidences at sports camps every year is minimal and the benefits far outweigh the injuries.
Overall, you can bet that most camps are very safe for your child. However, you should ask questions until you feel comfortable and always remember, there is nothing wrong with protecting your child’s safety. You should research and find the sports camp that is right for you and your son or daughter.
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