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April, 2016
Dear Space Nuts,

Looking for a Good Spring Break or Summer Camp?

I realize that this topic is not purely a space science and exploration one but as a provider of camp programs for kids through the greater Denver area we, SpaceTime, get a lot of inquiries this time of year about what to look for in a day camp. Choosing a spring break or summer camp program for your child involves some important research.  Because the camp experience can often have significant impact on your child's life, it’s important for parents to understand how to choose a camp wisely.  With the wide variety of camps available for kids these days there are numerous factors to consider when making this choice. While there’s no easy way to find the best camp for your child, there are some good guidelines for making this decision.

The best place to start is by asking “what do you and your child want?”  Regardless of the age of your child, it is important that the ultimate selection of a camp accommodate all or some of the needs, interests, goals, and expectations of both parent and child. A good way to begin is to sit down as a family and respond to the following questions:

  • What do you and your child want to gain from the camp experience? Learn new skills, develop more self confidence, improving proficiency in certain areas, etc.?
  • What are other expectations of the camp experience?
  • What are the special interests that your child wants to explore?
  • Are there any physical, intellectual, or social limitations that should be considered?
  • What kind of emphasis will your child profit from the most? For example: Is a lot of structure desirable or does your child need a place where he or she is encouraged to develop at their own pace?
  • You may have other concerns that you'll want to keep in mind as you go through your selection process. If so, write them down below.

With the above information in mind, it is appropriate to look at some of the specific characteristics that should be considered in determining what you and your child want. These characteristics include:

Type of Camp

Take a moment to consider the type of camp that makes the most sense for your child and try to develop your reasons for those preferences. Is it General, Specialty, Science, Travel, or Athletic, etc.? After you have gone through your preferences and reasons, make a note of any additional questions or concerns that you still have.

Cost

As a parent you have to make a careful assessment of your family's financial limitations regarding camp costs. There are several important calculations. How much would you have to pay to feed, entertain, provide childcare, and so forth, if your child stays home for all or part of a summer? Also, be sure to estimate the extras that are involved in going to camp. Extras may include a camp uniform, charges for trips, transportation, the cost of visiting the camp, and the extra spending money needed by your child.

Programs & Activities

As you might imagine, camps have all kinds of program offerings. Some camps may emphasize one activity while others will offer a wide array of programs. Camps in which a camper would devote a majority of his or her time to one activity are often referred to as Specialty Camps. In these camps, programs are geared to provide an intensive experience in a single area such as tennis, space science, or gymnastics. A more traditional camp program tends to be broader in terms of what it offers.

These, of course, are just some of the considerations facing potential campers and their parents but, based on our nine years of summer camp provider experience we are confident that they offer a good starting point for winding your way through the decision process that leads to a good summer camp experience.

For a list of SpaceTime Spring Break and Summer Camps check out our listings at the bottom of this newsletter.

If you have any thoughts or comments on this topic please let me know by sending me an email at info @ spacetimekids.com.

Ed Ludka,
President - SpaceTime, Inc.

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Golden, CO 80401
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Golden, CO 80401
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Parker, CO 80138
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Golden, CO 80401
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Brighton, CO 80601
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555 N 11th Ave.
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Gravity BlastAges 5 - 12Golden Community Center
1470 10th St.
Golden, CO 80401
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555 N 11th Ave.
Brighton, CO 80601
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I Want to be an AstronautAges 5 - 12Brighton Recreation Center
555 N 11th Ave.
Brighton, CO 80601
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Space ExplorersAges 5 - 12Golden Community Center
1470 10th St.
Golden, CO 80401
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Interstellar AdventureAges 5 - 12Parker PACE Center
20000 Pikes Peak Avenue
Parker, CO 80138
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Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Space Mission MarsAges 5 - 12Golden Community Center
1470 10th St.
Golden, CO 80401
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Saturday, 9:00 - 11:00 am
Gravity BlastAges 5 - 12Golden Community Center
1470 10th St.
Golden, CO 80401
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Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rocket BlastAges 5 - 12Noteable Kids Center
8101 E Belleview Ave., # D1
Denver, CO 80237
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Space ExplorersAges 5 - 12Golden Community Center
1470 10th St.
Golden, CO 80401
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Space ChaseAges 5 - 12Brighton Recreation Center
555 N 11th Ave.
Brighton, CO 80601
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Space ChaseAges 5 - 12Brighton Recreation Center
555 N 11th Ave.
Brighton, CO 80601
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March 21st to March 25th
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Sailing the Solar SystemAges 5 - 10Golden Community Center
1470 10th St.
Golden, CO 80401
Golden Rec Online
March 21st to March 25th
Mon - Fri, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sailing the Solar SystemAges 5 - 10Golden Community Center
1470 10th St.
Golden, CO 80401
Golden Rec Online
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Space ChaseAges 5 - 12Parker PACE Center
20000 Pikes Peak Avenue
Parker, CO 80138
Parker Rec Online
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Space ChaseAges 5 - 12Parker PACE Center
20000 Pikes Peak Avenue
Parker, CO 80138
Parker Rec Online
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Sailing the Solar SystemAges 5 - 12St. Vrain Memorial Bldg.
700 Longs Peak Ave
Longmont, CO 80501
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or call (303)651-8404
April 4th to April 8th
Mon - Fri, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sailing the Solar SystemAges 5 - 12St. Vrain Memorial Bldg.
700 Longs Peak Ave
Longmont, CO 80501
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or call (303)651-8404
June 13th to June 17th
Mon - Fri, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
I Want to be an AstronautAges 5 - 10Golden Community Center
1470 10th St.
Golden, CO 80401
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June 13th to June 17th
Mon - Fri, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
I Want to be an AstronautAges 5 - 10Golden Community Center
1470 10th St.
Golden, CO 80401
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Space ExplorersAges 5 - 12Noteable Kids Center
8101 E Belleview Ave., # D1
Denver 80237
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Rockin RocketsAges 5 - 10Golden Community Center
1470 10th St.
Golden, CO 80401
Golden Rec Online
July 11th to July 15th
Mon - Fri, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rockin RocketsAges 5 - 10Golden Community Center
1470 10th St.
Golden, CO 80401
Golden Rec Online
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Mon - Fri, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Space ChaseAges 5 - 12Noteable Kids Center
8101 E Belleview Ave., # D1
Denver, CO 80237
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