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Transcript: The Cost of Summer Camp

Anchor intro: I'm Kristin Arnold with Bankrate.com. Summer camps aren't college, but they have a lot in common. Picking the right one can be complicated ... and expensive. But there are some tips that can make the process easier.

Voice-over 1: Ken Evans has owned and operated summer camps for kids for nearly 30 years. What does he think is the single most important thing you can do when approaching summer camp?

SOT: "Get your child involved. Let your child look at the Web site. Get your child to go to the camp with you to talk to the director. Make sure this is what your child really wants.You want it to be the best experience of their life. So you want the child to be involved in the process."

Voice-over 2: Advice that's obviously on target. And there are other things you can do to make the process of picking a camp easier.

Voice-over 3: The American Camp Association Web site has a search engine that helps you find a camp by type, location or other factors.

Voice-over 4: But once you narrow down your search, it's time to compare. Ask if camps are accredited, how long they've been around. Ask the camp director about the programs they have and visit the camp in person if you can.

Voice- over 5: What about costs? Some camps offer scholarships, also known as "camperships." Ask if the fees are all-inclusive or if there will be extras. Ask about refund policies: What if your kid gets sick or just doesn't like it? And as with anything else in life, asking for a discount can't hurt.

Standup: So when you boil it down, finding a camp is kind of like finding a college. Find out what your kids want to do, decide if it's day or stay, then search the right program at the right price. For Bankrate.com, I'm Kristin Arnold.

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-- Posted: April 20, 2008
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