The spring before my oldest began kindergarten I considered whether a week in summer camp might help get her ready for school. It was late April, and the trees were blooming when the idea of summer camp first came to me. But I took a while to decide about summer camp (and then procrastinated a bit), and so it was May before I settled down to search for just the right summer camp for her.
Ha! Little did this newbie parent know that summer camps can book up before the first crocus pokes through the ground. (I'm sure even sooner, but those camps were out of our price range anyway.) And while I wasn't shut out of summer camp, most local summer camps had already held their open houses, so I had to choose a camp based pretty much on brochures and websites, not a personal visit.
As it turned out, the camp was a great choice, but I learned my lesson. The next year I began thinking about summer camp in January. I made the rounds to the summer camp open houses in February and March, and in the end decided to go back to the one she had already attended.
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