Once you’ve made the decision to send your child to a camp the next step is to find and choose the right program. With over 5,000 summer camps in the United States, this can be a daunting task.Ia a perfect world you would start searching a full year before you sign up. That way you can visit the camps while camp is in session. That way you can look over the camp facilities, the campers, while giving you a chance to get a feel for the program and its personality. You may even save a little cash from signing up early. Having said that, Few of us are that organized so, don’t lose hope. And start by late Winter or early Spring. Some camps do fill up quickly and you may not be in luck with a late start.Even if you think that you have already decided, it is always a good choice to take a look at other programs before making a commitment, so that you can compare different programs.Some ways to find camps include: Word of Mouth, Churches or Synagogues, Library, Newspapers & Magazines, Local Fairs and Private Camp Adviser’s. However the most popular theses days is the internet.. By using Google and typing the summer camp plus the state a huge array of camp listings will show up. Directories are another way to find a summer camp. These have many camps listed and a short overview of each camp. However, one of the best is American Camp Association or in the Midwest I’d look at CampsRUs.comIt is important to have a goal in mind a check list of what your looking for in a summer experience. With that in hand start your search and use a check list to help narrow down your search. Once you have narrowed your search to four or five possibilities, call or e-mail the camp to ask for information. In addition to printed materials, most private camps also have a promotional video. Understand that these videos are promotional tools, but they will give you a visual image of the place and the children.Try to make a journey to camp while they are in session.You will learn the most through talking and seeing what camp is really like. Call and ask the Camp Director for a tour and most will even invite you for lunch. If you can, review the camp’s promotional materials beforehand so you have good questions and might even have specific areas you want to see.To learn more on finding the RIGHT Summer Camp visit this Free informational website.