2014 Summer Camp Guide
From art to science and from nature to sports, Delaware summer camps offer something for just about everyone.
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Kerry and Brandon Case are busiest at work each summer, and with school out, the owners of the Antique Prints gallery in Ocean View find it a challenge keeping their children, Sadie, 9, and Max, 7, not only cared for but also happily occupied.
“We’ve tried the babysitter route, but after the fourth day in one week at the pool, the kids are bored,” Kerry Case says.
Scheduling a variety of summer camps has turned out to be a much better solution for the family. So each spring, Case gathers camp materials and guides such as this one and starts scheduling the family’s summer.
Last year it was five or six weeks of art, sports and themed camps for the kids, including a Star Wars camp at Kids Cottage in Rehoboth Beach for Max.
Ryan White of Wilmington found out last summer that you have to plan early to get into some camps. Ryan and her husband, Bruce White, are Realtors, so their schedules are somewhat flexible. Still, they both work full time, so summer camps are an essential part of the child-care solution for daughters Grace, 4, and Honey, 2, who attend preschool at Christ Church in Greenville.
“If we didn’t have summer camp, I’d probably have to turn to day care. I’d rather do camps because the kids are doing different things throughout the summer,” Ryan White says. “They’re playing a lot and being entertained with different themes and activities.”
White has already started her research this year. It will be Honey’s first year at summer camp, and her mother wants to coordinate the two girls’ schedules to make drop off and pick up easier. She also tries to coordinate summer camps with friends of her daughters, so they’ll have at least one buddy there with them if it’s a new environment.
“It’s a little challenging to schedule and coordinate all the different camps,” she says, but worth it for the whole family.
Below is a list of some of the state’s summer camp offerings, including both day and residential camps for children of all ages.