SOURCE: Maine Camp Experience

Maine Camp Experience

March 26, 2013 07:10 ET

Maine Summer Camps Provide 5 Tips for Camp Selection & Announce Tuition Giveaway of up to $5,000 Hosts Tuition Giveaway and Tools for Premier Camp Selection

PORTLAND, ME--(Marketwire - March 26, 2013) - Spring has arrived and summer plans are on the minds of many parents and kids, too. While some may think that choosing a summer camp is overwhelming, Maine Camp Experience (MCE), the community of premier sleepaway camps in Maine, makes it easier with 5 great tips to help families select the best overnight summer camp for their children. As an added incentive, MCE will award a tuition giveaway of up to $5,000 for use at member camps in the 2013 or 2014 season. Families with prospective or returning campers can log on to to enter through May 15, 2013, and find a variety of tools to help them learn about Maine sleepaway camps. 

According to Michael Thompson, Ph.D., renowned psychologist and author of Homesick and Happy, "children develop in profound ways when they leave their parents' house and join a camp community." By getting out of their comfort zone and trying new things, children become more independent, confident people. At Maine camps, they'll explore new horizons, build skills and make lifelong friendships. Here are 5 TIPS from Maine Camp Experience to help with camp selection*:

1: Camp is an extremely personal experience.  Match the camp to your child (consider session length, type of programming). Don't assume a camp is right for your child just because a friend or relative attends.

2: Talk to directors. Learn their camp philosophy and background. Request references. Inquire about staff experience, training and medical facilities.

3: Tour. Try to visit camps while they're in session the summer before. Observe directors, staff and campers; sense the camp's culture. Explore the camp's local surroundings.

4: Listen to your child. Involve your child and ask what they want from the experience. It helps make a successful transition to camp.

5: Listen to yourself. Ultimately, select the camp that you feel is the right fit for your child and your family.

*More in-depth tips:

Maine camps offer the perfect combination of natural beauty, strong traditions and values, and incredible array of activities with top-notch instruction. Every year, 20,000 campers from nearly every state and 30 countries travel to Maine for summer camp. Parents share that camp in Maine is "like no other destination," a "special place," "beautiful," and "transformative." It's the authentic camp experience. Read more stories and camp reviews:

Camp directors in Maine dedicated to providing the highest quality summer camp experiences formed the Maine Camp Experience (MCE) to collaborate year-round, exchange best camp practices and build greater awareness why summers and camp belong in Maine. The site -- complete with Maine Guide to provide personal assistance -- is the resource where parents learn about various camps, and find everything they need to plan a fun and memorable visit to Maine.

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