Camp registration is now open! Get in there now, and you can save BIG!
Camp can be priceless for your kiddos, giving them new experiences, new friends, newfound confidence and lifelong memories. But camp also comes with a price tag. Fees can range from less than $100 for a week of day camp to $1,500+ for a sleep-away camp in the forest.
Follow these tips from the American Camp Association (ACA) to keep your camp experience affordable:
1. Early-Bird Registration Discount
Check out the deals online with your favorite camps. Plus, this Kidsguide CampGuide is updated daily, so check back frequently for the latest discounts.
2. Multiple Week or Sibling Discount
You can also score discounts by signing up for multiple weeks, registering siblings or being a returning camper. If you don’t see deals listed, don’t be afraid to ask.
3. Camperships / Scholarships
Likewise, many camps offer “camperships” – full or partial scholarships – so that all kids can join in the fun, regardless of household income. Again, always ask.
4. Look for Partial-Day or One-Day Camps
If a full-time camp busts your budget, look for partial-day or one-day camps, such as My Gym.
5. Get a Tax Break
By setting up a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, you could be reimbursed on a pre-tax basis for child care expenses that are necessary to allow you to work, look for work, or attend school full time. Ask your employer or tax advisor for details.In certain circumstances, day care expenses, including transportation by a care provider, may be considered dependent care services and paid with pre-tax dollars. Visit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for more information.
The IRS allows an income tax credit of up to $6,000 of dependent care expenses if you have two or more dependents (up to $3,000 for one dependent). The amount of the credit is based on your adjusted gross income and applies only to your federal taxes. This applies to qualifying day camp expenses. Keep your camp receipts, and talk to your tax advisor for details.
6. Kidsguide Tips:
Camps sell out!
Register early to make sure your little camper has a spot!
Becoming a member has its benefits.
Aquarium of the Pacific, for example, offers camps at a lower rate if you are a member––a total win, win!