Though the thermometer may indicate otherwise, it really is time to make plans for summer. That’s especially true if your children want to attend a day or residential camp program.

Summer camps provide opportunities for children to learn new skills, grow in independence and make friends that can last a lifetime. Some offer educational opportunities that prevent the “summer slide” and keep children ready for the next school year, while others are focused on interest learning or experiencing outdoor activities.

Spartanburg resident Kerry Ferguson said her three children enjoyed new camp experiences last summer.

“All three of them participated in Spartanburg Day School camps, which is great because it was one drop off and one pick up for me,” she said.

Ferguson’s two oldest children are in second and third grades at the school. Her youngest is 3 years old.

“There are super artistic camps, really athletic camps and some that are a combination of both,” Ferguson said.

Summer is also family time for the Fergusons, so a full-time, all-day program did not suit their needs.

“That’s my No. 1 thing — it’s flexible,” Ferguson said. “For me, that works with our schedule with traveling. It’s to explore non-academic interests that we maybe don’t have a lot of time to spend on in the school year. It lets them spend a little bit more time and explore things we might not have the ability to do during the year.”

Ferguson said having some camps scheduled throughout the summer also beats the boredom and gives her children a chance to socialize.

“My kids like to be with other kids,” she said. “Camp is an opportunity for them to be around kids that they don’t necessarily get to be around during the school year. We don’t do it every week or all day, but it does get them out and around other people.”

Check out our day camp guide by clicking on the banner above. Visit our website,, for an expanded listing of day camps — plus residential camps. Don’t wait — some camps will register early and fill very quickly.

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