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Picking The Right Summer Camp For Your Child

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Many parents have started to think about what their children will do while school is out of session this Summer. It can seem like a daunting task to go through the endless options that are offered to keep your child safe, happy and entertained. From costs to accessibility, there can be a lot that goes into making a decision on which summer camp to choose for your child.

"Your child gets an opportunity to meet new kids, to be away and really explore a little bit about their identity and learn all of those social skills," says Chris Lawson, an associate professor of psychology at UW-Milwaukee, whose research focuses on children. 

Lawson suggests that  having a conversation with your child to figure out what it is they want to accomplish is the best place to start. Summer camps often have a range of activities that focus on the arts, sports, theater and the list goes on. Knowing your child's strengths and abilities helps you make a choice that is right for your child and their needs. 

Joy Powers hosts and produces Lake Effect. She joined WUWM January 2016 as a producer for Lake Effect.
Maggie Holdorf
Maggie Holdorf started as a WUWM Lake Effect intern in September 2019.