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School’s out for summer: Summer camps across Lantau

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With all the different summer camps on offer across Lantau, how do you decide which will benefit your child the most? Samantha Wong reports.

In choosing a summer camp for your children – with your children if they’re old enough – making sure they are going to have lots of fun has to be a first priority. After all, it is the long vac and, no matter how old they are, kids deserve some downtime.

Whichever type of camp you choose, your kids will be given the opportunity to be busy and social. Hopefully too, away from the pressures and social hierarchies of school, they’ll be able to make new friends and, with the guidance of adult mentors, discover new things about themselves.

The obvious way to go about choosing a camp is to match your kids’ interests with a course that’s available locally. And with so many different classes on offer across the island, this will likely be a no-brainer. Even within DB itself, you’ll find camps that allow your children to focus on everything from ballet and theatre to Maths and Mandarin.

Looked at this way, your decisionmaking process is simple enough. Sign your children up for an activity they already enjoy and give them the chance to focus on it, and get seriously good at it. Game over, I hear you say. But have you considered going the other way? Rather than enrolling your kids in a course they already know something about, plump for something new and unexpected, something that will expand their horizons.

Let’s say, for instance, that your kids are homebodies and, like mine, tech obsessed. Any camp you choose will encourage them to unplug and get social, but one that’s based outdoors could be the best bet. Sign them up for a sports course and you’ll see them being physically active and more than that, they’ll be outdoors, connecting with nature in some way. My kids are always saying that they’re not interested in being outdoors, that they lack access to it and it makes them feel uncomfortable… a few sessions on the playing field could well open their eyes!

To keep things interesting, there’s also the option of enrolling children in a classroom-based camp. This is a great way to avoid the ‘summer slide,’ where grade points are lost because of lack of tuition over the holidays. And an educational camp doesn’t have to be dull. Specialised, teacherled summer courses make learning and problem-solving fun and interactive.

Most DB summer camps last a week at most, so here’s your answer: Sign your kids up for as many different courses as you can afford. Ideally, they’ll be able to explore their favourite hobbies and try something new, while keeping up with their studies. It’s starting to look like a busy, productive and most importantly fun summer!

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