Top 10 Things to Look for in a Summer Camp

Summer is just around the corner, which means if you are a parent you’re probably busy searching for the best possible summer camp experience for your children. Although the opportunities are endless, it’s important to make sure a summer camp or program is a right fit for your family. Where is it located? How long will my child be there? Is it safe?

To help you find the best place for your child to spend their time this summer, we put together several key factors that parents should consider.

1. What is the Summer camp’s emphasis?

The kind of camp experience your child may want to have is very important. Do you prefer a specialized camp that focuses on a specific theme like sports, education or arts? Or are you looking for a camp that offers a variety of activities? Make sure you know the general focus of a camp when considering.

2. Are the Summer camp staff qualified to teach your child?

Know who works at the camp and who your child will be spending time with. Are they trained? Have they worked with kids before? Depending on the camp, the requirements to be a counselor/coach can vary. You want the staff to be interested in engaging and interacting with your children.

3. Will your child be safe?

Is there trained first aid staff nearby? Are there lifeguards when children are swimming? Does the camp do background checks on all employees?

4. How is the social environment?

Camp is a place for your child to make friends and form lasting relationships. What’s the age group? Is it both boys and girls? These questions can help decide if your child will integrate well with the other kids.

5. What does a typical day/week look like?

Does the camp have an organized schedule that will keep your children interested in the program? Is my child being included on all activities? Making sure that your child is engaging in activities they love may be the most important factor when looking for a camp.

6. How does the camp approach discipline?

Parents want to know and feel more comfortable with a camp that practices values and rules similar to their own parenting practices at home. If a child understands the rules and core values within a camp, they are more likely to have a positive experience.

7. Is the camp accommodating to personal needs?

Does your child have a food allergy or a medical condition? Parents want to know that their child is being taken care of. Anything and everything can be questioned when it comes to your child’s care.

8. How does the camp communicate with the child’s family?

Can you stay updated with your child’s progress at camp? Will you be notified if anything happens to your child? Find a camp whose communication with children and their families is a top priority to make sure you know where your child is at all times.

9. What does the camp cost?

Maybe finances are an issue. Check to see if the camp provides a financial aid package or scholarships; whatever it takes to get your child involved for the summer.

10. How successful has the camp been in the past?

Parents don’t want to send their child to a camp that other children don’t like. What is the return rate at the camp? Do children come away from the summer with an unforgettable experience?


The First Tee is more than a youth sports program. At The First Tee, we strive to provide a safe and fun environment with caring adult mentors who provide an experience that helps them grow socially, emotionally and academically. In our activity based programs, The First Tee coaches personally engage with youth participants to teach them not only the fundamentals of the golf swing, but also life skills and core values inherent in the game of golf.

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Is golf for your child? Your top 10 questions are answered.

“Golf is expensive.”
“Golf is boring.”
“Golf is slow.”
“Golf is hard to learn.”

How many times have your heard these misconceptions about golf? You may have even thought them yourself.

At The First Tee, golf is more than a game. And it’s a fun activity that can last your child a lifetime. Here are 10 things you need to know about not only the game itself, but how The First Tee does golf!

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1. Who can play?

Anyone! The First Tee chapters welcome youth of all backgrounds and abilities ages 7–17. All we ask is that they come with an open mind and positive attitude, and we’ll provide the rest.

2. Financial concerns?

No worries—most chapters offer full scholarships or reduced sessions.

3. What about golf equipment?

We have that, too. Most chapters provide golf clubs, balls and tees.

4. What to wear?

You can wear tennis shoes, shorts, or skirts—no need for special golf attire.

5. Where do I join?

We’re closer than you think. The First Tee chapters offer programs at more than 1,200 locations across the country.

6. Are your coaches qualified?

Definitely! We have more than 2,900 active coaches who have gone through extensive training provided by The First Tee’s certified national trainers.

7. What about girls golf?

Golf isn’t a boy’s club at The First Tee. Many chapters offer the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Program.

8. Is it fun?

Absolutely. The First Tee lessons are activity-based and full of fun and energy! We modify traditional sports that kids might be more familiar with—such as baseball, football, bowling and tennis—to incorporate the four basic golf shots: putt, chip, pitch and full swing.

9. What else?

A lot! Remember that in addition to learning the life long game of golf, kids are making friends, learning communication skills, how to set goals and other life skills that will help them on and off the golf course.

10. Is there a fun fact?

Did you know our chief executive officer, Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., is the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis? When Joe Louis wasn’t in the boxing ring, he was often on the golf course.


At The First Tee, we encourage youth to dream big and practice effective goal-setting techniques they can use for life. From aces to triple bogeys, golf is a perfect platform for helping kids and teens develop character as it closely parallels real life. Just like in life, junior golfers experience the highs and lows of the game.

Our curriculum was developed by experts in the field of positive youth development and is delivered by coaches trained through The First Tee Coach Program. Our mission is to help prepare kids and teens of all backgrounds for success in school, at home and in their community. Our more than 1,000 locations offer fulls scholarships and reduces fee programming for those with financial needs so no one is ever turned away for inability to pay.

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Your Child is Never Too Old to Enroll in The First Tee

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Chapters receive daily phone calls and emails inquiring about programming. What is the most common question? “Is my teenager too old to enroll in The First Tee?”

This question is tough to answer. Anyone passionate and knowledgeable about our programs will, without hesitation, respond “absolutely not!” However, most parents, and especially kids, need a little more understanding before clicking on that registration button.

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Youth from Richmond experience golf and The First Tee at Get Movin' Sports Camp

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Sixty youth from Richmond experience golf and The First Tee at Get Movin’ Sports Camp

How important is it to get our youth moving? With one-third of all kids now overweight or obese,* organizations across the country are finding ways to fight this epidemic. The First Tee is doing our part by encouraging kids and teens to get active and stay healthy with The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits.

One of our chapters, The First Tee of Richmond & Chesterfield, recently partnered with Movin’ Mania to host a “Get Movin’ Sports Camp” for about 60 inner city youth at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia. Continue reading “Youth from Richmond experience golf and The First Tee at Get Movin' Sports Camp”