Wilmington, N.C. – Summercamps.com offers some great tips on the decision about whether to send your children to camp this summer.
In these tough economic times, many parents are assessing the situation more closely than ever before.
They suggest that parents consider these three things when making their decision:
1. Camp costs versus child care costs:
Summer camp is great for families where both parents work. These families can know their child is being taken care, is safe and having a good time while they wait for school to start. It’s suggested that when you think about whether or not you can afford summer camp this year, take into consideration how much child care will cost for the same amount of time.
Summer camps usually provide meals as well as entertainment 24 hours a day, seven days a week for each week your child attends. If you paid a babysitter the current minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour to babysit your child the same amount of time, the cost would be $1,218 per week. When you compare the two choices, paying $600 a week for summer camp can be a much better deal.
2. Whether summer camp tuition is tax deductible:
The answer depends on your family. There is a child care credit available to two-earner families or those with single parents. Up to 20 percent may be possible if sending your child to day camp would allow both parents or a single parent to continue working. (Overnight camping would not be included.)
3. Investment in your child’s future:
It’s also suggested that you think of the benefits of allowing your child to attend summer camp. You could be investing in their future particularly, if they attend an academic or technology summer camp. Attending these and other types of summer camp could provide them with opportunities to learn and network with people with similar interests. Depending upon their age and interests, the friendships they make during summer camp can benefit them for years to come.
These days there are so many types of camps available – including drama, art, science, transportation, digital media, and even “secret agent” camps.
The Queensboro Storefront Program
At Queensboro, this year we’ve begun to offer a new service to camps of all kinds to help “outfit” kids for summer camping. Need to order low-cost, but high-quality t shirts for children of all ages? Want to offer other types of apparel with your camp logo on it? Or how about cups or cushions?
Queensboro’s Online Storefront Program enables you to have a web site where the parents of campers can come online and order any type of item that we sell – but with your logo on it. It’s a way for you to make purchasing convenient for parents. And we make it easy for you by setting up the whole site free of charge. For more details, visit MyCustomEStore.
Logo Products: Perfect for Summer Kids Events — and Summer Camp
Here are some items that Queensboro carries which are ideal for day camps or vacation Bible school, or any other type of summer event for children of all ages, including teens. These products also” fit the bill” for pool and racquet clubs, YMCAs, day care providers, school sponsored camps, and community centers.
Summer Youth Apparel
- Augusta Youth Performance Tee
- Classic Youth Tee
- Toddler Tee
- Anvil Youth Baseball Tee
- Sport-Tek Youth Mesh Shorts
- Stormtech Packable Rain Poncho
Summer Camp Logo Accessories
- Drawstring Backpack – in eight bright colors
- 16 oz. Plastic Stadium Cups
- EZ Squeeze Sports Bottle
- Pocket Flashlight
- Cooler Bag
- Port Authority Stadium Seat (Camp Cushion)
(Note: All of these prices include logo set up. )