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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+
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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.
 
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Amount: $70.00
Posted by: Felicia McKeeman in Plymouth, MN.Posted: May 25th, 2019 12:05PM
Age Group: 3-6Length of Camp: 4 days a week
Type: Pre-school/specialty
This is a school designed type day camp from 1-4pm Monday-Friday with a specialty focus every week for the summer. Each camp is 1 week and a new one starts the next week. I signed my kids up for every week of the summer. I think it is a great price.
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