The Summer is Back! And it is shaping up to be one as close to normalcy we have seen in a long time. Summer school is back on, more summer camps are open and the kiddies are eager to be out and about again.
But before I go any further with this piece, let me just take some time to say kudos to you mom and dad, you made it through a grueling academic year of constant changes and readjustments… what, with the whole pandemic situation we have going on. Give yourselves a round of applause!
Trust me, I know it was not an easy academic year for neither child nor parent. So use the summer break to relax, regroup and come back stronger for the new school year.
What can children do in the summer?
If you find yourself asking, what can I do to give my children a memorable summer that includes a balance what summer entails, then look no further. While there are several activities you can plan yourself or engage others to help you execute, one go-to option for child entertainment during the holiday period is summer camps.
This is a scheduled, supervised program conducted during the holiday season to possibly introduce new ideas and concepts to children, and keep their minds sharp while on break from school.
Are summer camps good?
A summer camp is an environment that helps to enhance your child’s independence and expose them to several new and fun activities. It also helps children to improve their social skills, explore their world safely and develop decision-making skills.
Summer Camps in Jamaica
Now I consider myself a fair Instagram user, and in the past few weeks my feed has been bombarded with sponsored posts highlighting some of the many summer camps happening across Jamaica this year.
So, I decided to collate them all in one place and share with you. If you live in Jamaica and are looking for activities to engage your children this summer, you can check out this list of summer camps to consider:
1. Moulding Masterminds – Richmond, St. Ann
This camp focuses on all things science and exposes your little one to the various concepts early.
2. Greenfields Environmental Club
Pause the tablet for a minute and get your little one involved in doing good for the environment.
3. Dare to Dream Sports Camp – Mona, Kingston
If you have a little athlete on your hands, why not start building the correct form from early. This camp focuses on sport and engages the runners, footballers and swim champs.
4. Summer Grow Camp – Molynes Road, Kingston
Arranged by Budding Farmers Ja, this camp, which has the endorsement of numerous organizations, will introduce your little one to agriculture.
5. Camp Vitali
From chess to karate, this camp involves a myriad programes that can engage your little ones throughout the period.
6. New Generation Camp
The camp comes to you! How awesome is that? Schedule for the organizers to hosts the camp in your neighbourhood.
Bonus: Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts
Introduce your little one to the arts at the performing arts mecca in Jamaica.
Summer camps are a great way to get your children involved this summer. With the right facilitator(s) it can be a safe place of self-expression and development for your child.
My advice? Do your research before you enroll your child and seek out a camp that you believe your child would enjoy based on his/her expressed interests.