Hello. I am interested in doing a small summer camp in my neighborhood for a limited number of children - just to get things started. I plan to build a curriculum and then market to the people I know - again just to get things started. That is about as far as I have gotten. I have a theme and content will not be a problem.
So, I am curious to see if anyone has experience with this. What do I need to know. I know insurance will be an issue I need to look into and a suitable location - I plan to rent space.
I love the idea of kids camp...have often thought of it myself. I am a homeschooling mother of 2 (K & 1st) and last year they attended a weeklong camp for $75/1st child, $50/each addl child. An itinery was created so that parents knew what the kids would be doing all day (it was 10am-3pm or 4pm. Lunch was to be brought by the children. Snacks provided by the director. It was held in a room of a homeschool retail store (so obviously there was already insurance) and directed by a lady involved with a co-op. There was no theme to this weeklong camp. I think if you want to take it step farther as I had wanted...create a theme week for multiple summer camps and even throughout the school year for homeschoolers looking for enrichment classes. Themes such as Egypt, Planets, Arts/Crafts, any Science, Pioneer days with volunteers to show the kids how to make soap or blacksmithing...I have tons of ideas, just scared to do it! I'm a bookkeeper responsible for company finances and I'm scared to do camp...go figure. Email me if you want to discuss ideas. What city are you in?
Wow! It does sound like you have thought about this. Thank you for your insight. I live outside of Philadelphia. I really want to do something small this summer. Maybe just a one-week pilot to get my courage. Just like you, I'm a little nervous about getting started. But I think this is the way to go for me. If you have any other words of wisdom, I'd love to talk. I didn't catch your email but mine is firstname.lastname@example.org.
All feedback, ideas and encouragment are welcome!!! thanks.