COLUMBUS, Ohio - Yes, it’s only mid-January, but there’s a reason why summer camp registrations have already started.
“It is a lot of planning, but also a lot of planning on our end as well,” explains Jeannie Wycinski, the Youth Program Manager at Franklin Park Conservatory. “How many kids do we have, are they full, what should we expect for supplies and just to get them ready for the summer.”
Wycinski says the number of parents on waiting lists last year prompted the Conservatory to add four new camps for kids in the three-to-four-year-old age group. This summer, the botanical garden is offering 32 camps total over eight weeks starting in June. Some have already sold out.
“If you look at some of our camps, some are STEM focused, some are STEAM focused, or just traditional camp, which is kickball and freeze tag. Things like that too,” Wycinski adds.
There are more than 200 camp offerings in the central Ohio region for 2020. Experts say to give yourself a leg up on the registration race, set up accounts early so you don’t waste time on the day of registration. Also, check social media feeds to find out new camps opening of interest.
Wycinski also says don’t let the age restriction limit your camp choices. She says there’s always wiggle room.
“Parents know their child best and can call anytime and say , ‘This is where my child is at, I see you have a five-to-six-year-old, but I think they are more seven-to-eight’,” she explains. “Just talk to us about that.”