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Selecting summer activities for your child is a busy job in San Diego. We are surrounded by so many wonderful opportunities. My five children range in age from 1 to 14, and my older kids have been fortunate enough to spend their summers in multiple camps where they’ve surfed, ridden horses, taken care of animals, hiked, climbed, wake-boarded, performed in plays, mastered sports skills, and much more. You might call them spoiled. I prefer to label it as “continuously enriched”.
Sometimes I feel like a mad scientist when I sit down with the family calendar, where the nine weeks of summer are all blank, and I begin the process of “filling weeks” for each of my kids. Family vacation? Check. Grandma’s visit? Check. Camp #1 for week #3 for child #4? Check. I use color codes and pencil. It’s always a work in progress. And each year I have to start earlier, it seems. How do I go about choosing these camps? I suppose over the years I’ve settled into using two “filters”. Filter 1 is simply to imagine if my child would like it. Would my sports-nut son enjoy baseball skills camp? Taught by ex-major leaguers? Sure! Would my drama-obsessed daughter enjoy 3 weeks of theater arts camp in a professional venue? Of course! Would they both enjoy wakeboarding and sailing every day? Um, yes. Yes they would. If only I had a bottomless bank account!