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Summer Camps 2022: How much do they cost and what are some options for my kids?

Summer is just around the corner and with children out of school, parents will want them to keep busy. Here’s a look at some of the options available.

Summer Camps 2022
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Parents have a wide range of options when it comes to finding summer activities for their kids that won’t just keep them busy but also provide them with valuable experiences, new skills and new friendships. Summer camps can cost from a few tens of dollars into the thousands depending on who the provider is and what type of camp that fits your child.

Demand is high this year though, and parents can expect to pay more according to Tom Rosenberg, president and CEO of the American Camp Association (ACA), speaking to CNN. He told that parents can seek scholarships, financial aid and in some cases summer camp can be tax deductible. Here’s a look…

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How much will summer camp cost in 2022?

The time-honored tradition of going to camp normally doesn’t come cheap, prices vary depending on what the experience and amenities that are provided. Rosenberg says that the average cost of summer camp per day in the US is just shy of $180 for day camps and almost $450 for overnight camps.

He estimates that prices have jumped 10 percent to 15 percent over 2021 summer camp fees. This is a result of high demand and inflation pushing up operating costs.

If a camp seems expensive, look at what your child will get out of the experience. But careful judging quality based on the price as some camps receive government grants allowing them to offer programs at a reduced rate. It’s best to book early with some camps offering early-bird discounts.

Parents should compare prices and what’s available as well as whether a program offers a scholarship or financial aid. The ACA has a resource page for parents who need help finding out how to afford camp, “there’s plenty of help.”

You should keep in mind that you may be able to deduct expenses for day camp on your tax return through the Child and Care Dependent Tax Credit. Unfortunately, overnight camps are not eligible for the deduction.

How to locate a summer camp?

Parents usually find out about summer camps and programs through friends, family and communities formed around their children. For those who don’t have those networks or are looking for something specific, you can check the ACA’s Find-A-Camp online tool.

Although not comprehensive, parents can search from the associations database of almost 4,000 camps, over 13,000 programs and 3,000 sessions. A feature lets you narrow the selection by interest and location, as well as looking within the price range right for you.


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