How to Find the Best Summer Camp for Kids & Teens

By Vince Matthews

Parents have literally thousands of options to choose from when it comes to finding a summer camp: Activity camps offer kids a chance to get outdoors and specialized sports camps can improve golf swings or hoop skills, while robotics camps for teens let student campers gain hands-on experience building and programming awesome robots.

Future pop star Daria P. gets serious about music in DMA’s Electronic Music Camp in Toronto, Canada. “This camp taught me skills I will find quite useful in the future.”

These days, summer camps offer so much more than just s’mores and leather bracelets. In fact, some camps even offer school credits for student campers.

Take, for example, Digital Media Academy, ranked by as one of the ten best summer camps in the world. (DMA was also the only technology camp on that list.) DMA offers a fun and immersive learning experience that also builds confidence and character.

Camps are also a great way to motivate kids of all ages and give older kids a greater sense of responsibility.

Summer Camp Selection Guide
No matter if they’re looking for a world-class tech camp (like DMA) or a ballet camp, parents seeking a great camp can find one by following these guidelines:

  • Consider the Experience. As a parent, determine what kind of experience you want to provide to your child. Do you want a pre-collegiate camp experience that takes place on a university campus? Or inspiring adventures in computer programming?
  • Match Your Child with the Right Camp. Talk with your kids and find out their interests. To inspire them to explore a new subject, look for a unique hybrid camp, such as a Minecraft camp that teaches Java programming.
  • Ask About Quality. How long has the camp been around? Does it hire industry professionals and experts to teach its camp courses? Ask questions about the camp staff and how the program is run.
  • Day or Overnight? For first-time campers, you’ll probably want to consider a day camp, in order to avoid homesickness. But for older kids, an overnight camp provides a newfound sense of freedom, while still being supervised by a friendly and safety-conscious camp staff.

  • Great camps are closer than you think. To get the best value for your money, do your homework after you’ve found one. It can make the difference between a summer-camp experience being life-changing or just so-so.

    Digital Media Academy’s mission is to empower the next generation of technology creators and makers. DMA offers great technology summer camps at locations across the U.S. and Canada.