Summer is the time when kids get to have fun without worrying about school. However, it does not mean that you should simply let your kid do whatever he wants. As a parent, it is your duty to allow your kids to experience every facet of being a child. And, that includes having them attend summer camp. Yes, every kid should be able to experience this since it is a good staging ground for further social development, not to mention a venue for supplemental learning. Unfortunately, some towns and cities do not have summer camps. Not to worry, though. You can organize a summer camp yourself. It may take a lot of effort but it is quite doable. Here is a guide that you can follow.
- Raise funds. Unfortunately, organizing a camp will require money, in some cases, a lot of it. Hence, this is the first thing that you will have to organize and secure. You can raise funds for the camp in many ways. One way is to solicit from the different local companies and businesses. Ask them to sponsor your camp in exchange for marketing exposure. Another option would be to have every parent in the community pitch in a few bucks to start things off. You can even solicit money for the camp from your local politicians. The mayor and councilors will be open to donating some of their resources as this camp is supposed to help and mold the youth. Of course, you can consider charging a registration and entry fee for the camp as well to cover the expenses the camp will incur. However, keep it to a non-profit type of event to avoid tax implications.
- Select a venue. Once you have some semblance of funding secured, you can now focus your efforts on finding a venue for the camp. The first thing that should come to mind will be the local park. This is the best place. Most parks are public so you can probably just solicit the venue from the local government. Since you are doing this for a good cause, they may even let you use it for a limited time period totally free. If this is not an option, you can explore soliciting a venue from some of the larger businesses in the area. Some of them may have an empty lot you can use. Now, if this is not an option as well, then you can consider renting an empty plot of land for the duration of the camp. In any case, this part of the process should not be too difficult.
- Recruit. You will definitely not be able to do everything yourself. You will need camp counselors, leaders, cooks, and other personnel to handle the daily activities of the camp. Now, you can look for volunteers easily by way of parents and other community workers. You can even link up with a local church in order to field in volunteers. Now, if you have the funds for it, then consider hiring workers, those experienced with summer camps.
- Plan it. The most important part of any sandwich is the filling or meat. Well, the same can be said with a kid’s summer camp. The main goal is to provide a worthy experience for each participant, which will include fun and education activities. These include games, sports, hiking, storytelling, singing, and other worthwhile but wholesome activities. And, it all begins with the theme for your camp. Discuss with your workers and volunteers to devise the rigid framework for your camp. This is what you will be promoting to the kids in the community.
Once everything is ready, the last thing will be to advertise the summer
camp. This should be done a month or two before the end of classes.
Make sure to use radio, newspapers, posters, and flyers to spread the
word about the camp. You may also consider using the Internet to promote
the camp by utilizing social media and networking sites such as
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and MySpace as these are the best mediums to
reach kids nowadays.