RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Camp costs can range anywhere from $100 up to $1200 a week. So you need to do your homework to get the most out of what your paying for.
If you need an all day camp, Monday through Friday for the entire summer, ask yourself, do you provide meals and snacks, or does the camp? If they are feeding your child 4 to 5 times a day, that's money and time you save.
What kind of field trips do they take and how often? Do they promote healthy learning, athletics and art in an entertaining atmosphere? Many camps go on daily adventures outside of the facility.
There are tons of places where your child can develop a skill while being watched, like martial arts dojos. They still get the field excursions but also learn something they can carry on throughout the year. I speak from personal experience that this can be one of the least expensive options.
Check your city or county. Many programs put on by Parks and Rec Departments are very affordable.
Ask if you can get multiweek or multi-sibling discounts. Many knock some money off if you pay in advance or by month.
Check your local athletic club or gym. Many offer a variety of activity filled camps with pretty reasonable rates. Club membership will get you a bigger discount.
If you choose an overnight camp, it is going to cost more, but break down the cost per hour and you'll find there are some that are a pretty good deal.
And if finances are really tight, ask your camp about scholarship programs. Some have funds set aside for this purpose.
For more summer camp deals check out our Summer Camp Guide: nbc12.com/summercamps