Sometimes, the best way to get the job done right is to do it yourself. Start a do-it-yourself Camp Mom at home, and you can tailor the experience precisely to your child's needs, and hand-pick the fellow campers. Consider the pros and cons of this type of camp, then compare to other options like special-needs camp and mainstream camp in the community.
Pros of Camp Mom:
- Lots of one-on-one time with parents can be very beneficial to special-needs kids, especially after a hard year of school.
- Family activities can offer specific, appropriate, accessible enrichment opportunities.
- No worries about your child being placed under the care of untrained people who don't know him or her or understand his or her needs.
- If you've ever thought about homeschooling your child, this is a good opportunity to start trying some teaching techniques and see how he or she responds.
- No time off for you.
- Limited peer interactions for your child.
- Togetherness is good, but too much togetherness can be bad.
- The cost of buying supplies and going on trips to museums and movies can add up, over the summer, to more than the cost of a community-based camp.
- Would my child benefit more from relaxed, low-pressure time at home, or a more structured routine that's closer to his everyday school experience?
- How much do I need time away from my child to recharge my batteries and be a patient, vigilant, loving parent?
- Do I have a plan for these summer days, or will my child just wind up vegging out in front of the TV?
- Would a mix of camp and home time be better than an entire summer of either?
- Read my day-by-day description the Camp Mom I did for my son and his friends a few years back.
- Follow my step-by-step instructions for organizing a Camp Mom of your own.