Children are increasingly becoming dependent on TV, game consoles, or other electronic devices for entertainment. Summer breaks often means they’ll spend more time in front of a screen. To get your kids outside in a healthy, natural environment, consider sending them to a summer camp. They’ll spend their days being physically active, participate in fun activities that build self-confidence and self-esteem, become more independent, make new friends, and reconnect with nature.
Here is a list of local camps:
Creative York Summer Camps
York County Nature Discovery Programs
YWCA Camp Programs
YMCA Camp Programs
York County Day School Summer Programs
Drama Kids Summer Camps
Belmont Theater Summer Academy
DreamWrights Summer Camps
Costs vary, but many camps offer early enrollment or sibling discounts, and some will arrange payment plans with parents. Every year, 90% of American Camp Association (ACA) camps offer some kind of financial assistance, often called “camperships.”
If you work, are looking for work, or are a full-time student, and your child is 13 years old or younger, you can send him or her to day camp and deduct a portion of the expense from your taxes. The size of the deduction depends on your income or number of children under 13 you have. For more information, see IRS Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses at www.irs.gov.
It’s always a good idea to save for summer fun so you don’t have to go into debt. Heritage Valley FCU can help you save for camp and other family activities by helping you create a spending plan. Call us today at 717-840-4981 or stop by for assistance.
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