Thinking about sending your child to sleep away camp this summer? Confused about which day camp to send your little one to? Check out these great tips from Momstamped Camp Advisor, Jill Levin

Is my child ready for an overnight experience? Do they sleep out at their grandparents or friends’ homes easily? Do they seem eager to be away from home? If not, then perhaps they are too young. However, it may also be time to encourage them to take that step!

How long should they go for? So many families who send their child to camp for the first time want to send him or her for only one week. Jill encourages parents to think about enrolling their child for at least two weeks. In a one-week program, a child barely has time to become acclimated and make new friends before it is time to pack up and head home.

Traditional or specialty camp? If your child is young, you may want to look for a traditional camp, offering a wide variety of activities, versus a specialty camp, focusing on one or two interests.

Should they go with a friend? Although going with a friend may make your child and YOU feel more at ease, know that it doesn’t always turn out for the best. And one of the benefits of camp is learning to make new friends.

Finally, Jill recommends that you do your research. Call a summer camp advisor, talk to friends and go to a camp fair. But that’s not all. Call the directors of the camps you’re considering. Ask questions. You need to feel comfortable about where you’re sending your child!

Jill Levin is the West Coast Advisor with Tips on Trips and Camps, a free advisory service for families looking for overnight summer camps and teen programs for their children, ages 8 – 18.

She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and has two grown children. Jill joined TIPS in 2002, having previously used the service when looking at summer programs for her teens. Over the past 15 years she’s provided thousands of students with exceptional summer experiences! Check out reviews for Jill at Jill’s recs