Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Babies & Children  > Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp Cost


How Much Does Summer Day Camp Cost?

 
low costOne Week: $50-$2,000+average costTwo-Four Weeks: $150-$5,000+high costEight-10 Weeks: $250-$6,000+
post E-mail post Post  

Day camps are typically geared toward children who are entering first to eighth grades in the fall, but some camps accept children as young as 4, and a few are aimed at teens.

Typical costs:

  • Summer day camps operated by nonprofit organizations, community groups or local school districts typically cost $50-$300 per week; $150 -$800 or more for two- to four-week sessions; or $250 -$3,000 or more for eight to 10 weeks, depending on the instruction and activities offered, the length of the camp day, the campers-to-counselors ratio, whether field trips are included and if the program is subsidized by the sponsoring group.
  • For example, the cost is $175 per week plus a one-time $40 registration fee for summer day camps run by Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools[1] in North Carolina; and YMCA Camp Widiwagan[2] in Tennessee charges $495-$545 for two-week sessions of day camp, with a $30 discount if a camper signs up for more than one of the five scheduled sessions.
  • Private schools or for-profit organizations as well as colleges and universities offer enrichment day camps for $200-$2,000 or more per week, or $1,500-$5,000 or more for two to four weeks, and $1,000 -$6,000 or more for eight to 10 weeks. The cost increases depending on the camp's focus, the equipment needed, the maximum number of campers, staff-camper ratios and other factors.
  • For example, MIT's recreational day camp[3] for boys and girls ages 6 to 13 offers swimming and other sports for $185-$327 for one-week sessions or $589-$655 for two-week programs. ID Tech Camps offers computer day camps[4] at more than 60 universities nationwide, for $779-$999 for one-week programs targeted at specific age groups between 7 and 17 from 9am to 5pm weekdays, or $1,028-$1,248 a week for extended programs from 7:30am to 7pm.
Related articles: Overnight Summer Camp, Day Care

What should be included:
  • Depending on the size of the camp, usually a child will be assigned to a group or a specific counselor and given an age-appropriate schedule for each day. Activities vary depending on the camp's emphasis and may include arts and crafts, music, dance, team sports, nature walks, field trips to local attractions and more.
Additional costs:
  • Many day camps operate only part of the day (9 a.m.-2 p.m. or 10 a.m.-3 p.m.), and working parents pay additional fees for day care before and/or after camp hours. This could add another $50-$250 or more weekly.
  • There can be additional fees for field trips or using special activities. For example, Amity Acres Day Camp[5] , which is associated with Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, charges $35 each for day trips to venues outside the camp, $60 a week for swimming lessons or $275-$488 weekly for horseback riding programs.
  • Some day camps include lunch in the registration fee, but parents might have to provide a sack lunch or pay extra to have lunch served (typically $25-$50 weekly, but it varies).
Discounts:
  • Camps may reduce or eliminate fees if parents volunteer or work at the camp, or give discounts for early registration or multiple campers from one family. SmartMoney.com lists ways to save money on summer camp costs[6] .
  • As a low-cost alternative, organize a do-it-yourself day camp.
  • Some camps serve underprivileged children or those with serious illnesses or other special needs, and attendance is free or low-cost for children who qualify. Check with agencies or officials that work with these specific types of children to see if they offer a summer day camp.
Shopping for summer day camp:
  • Check whether the local community or recreation center, parks department, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, children's museum or other group offers summer day camp programs. Ask about the camp's emphasis, and whether campers are grouped by age, activity or both.
  • The American Camp Association lists questions to consider when choosing a day camp[7] .
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. For medical decisions, always consult your physician for the right course for your infant or child.
 
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Summer Day Camp
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Age Group: Length of Camp: 
Type:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.chccs.k12.nc.us/site_res_view_template.aspx?id=44f41167-e8a4-459d-8142-55d3e78faa0d...
  2.  campwidji.org/day-camp-registration-info.html
  3.  www.mitrecsports.com/index.php/youth-programs/summer-day-camp
  4.  www.internaldrive.com/courses-programs/id-tech-summer-computer-camps/kids-summer-camps-...
  5.  www.amityacresdaycamp.com/index.php/costs/camp-prices
  6.  www.smartmoney.com/spend/family-money/4-ways-to-cut-summer-camp-costs/
  7.  www.acacamps.org/media-center/how-to-choose/preparing#start
More Babies & Children Topics
Check Out All Costs for Babies & Children How Much Do Maternity Clothes Cost? How Much Does a Car Seat Cost? How Much Does Cord Blood Banking Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com




Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
timing chain replacement
Paid: 2000.00
2001 F150 timing chain, I'm getting quoted a grand more everyone on this site, why is that?... [more]
-Chris Clingshoff
Replacing a Timing Chain Cost
Annual termite renewal
Paid: 313.93
A local company treated our 1948 era house for termites many years ago and we had an annual contract with them that transferred to Terminix when they bought the local company... [more]
-monicafaye
Termite Control Cost
OB Ultrasound Indiana University Health
Paid: 3699.00
I tested low on my biochemicals when I had a quad screen, which I think was taken a little too early anyway... [more]
-One Angry Momma
Ultrasound Cost
1st fill
Paid: 1.90
Just did a 400 gal fill at $1.899 which I didn't think was too bad considering some of the other prices I've heard about. This is my first house that has used propane and I am real nervous about costs... [more]
-Bluespicker
Propane Cost
Replace system with TRane XR13 coil and condensor
Paid: 6330.00
Replaced 15 year old 4ton system and gas/airflow condensor, whole system less duct work, new pans... [more]
-
Central Air Conditioner Cost
Filling
Paid: 75.00
Had to have 3 pin hole cavities filled. Two on top and one on the bottom.Total cost was $325, but after paying my deductible of $75, my dental insurance (BCBS of Texas Blue Care Dental) took care of the remaining balance of $250... [more]
-Morgan Davies
Cavity Filling Cost