Sunday, February 15, 2015

The #1 Secret of How to Choose the Best Summer Camp For You

The # 1 Secret of Choosing the Best Summer Camp is Choosing a Camp Where Your Kids Want to Go 

I was at my kids' baseball game the other day when I overheard two moms on our team talking about which summer camps to send their kids to this summer.

Then a couple other moms chimed in, then a few more. Suddenly it was a group discussion about which are "hot" new camps to check out this summer here in L.A.

Now I generally don't eavesdrop and I certainly did my best to mind my own business this time as always. But I won't lie, these women made no attempt to keep their conversation private.

They were as loud as anyone, even as loud as all the other people cheering at the baseball game.

And since I own a local day camp here in L.A myself, I decided to keep my mouth shut ears open and just try to listen to what these ladies were saying.

It wasn't always easy to hear exactly what they were talking about because they kept talking over each other and the cheering from the ballgame was loud too. But for the most part I think I got the gist of what they were saying. And believe me, their comments about the Los Angeles summer camp scene were revealing.

Here's a summary of what this group of moms said.

A few of them kept saying they wouldn't even bother looking into other camps since they're just gonna send their kids back to the same camps they go to every each summer, no need to switch. (I didn't catch the names of the camps they were talking about.)

Another lady was insistent summer camps are too expensive and not worth the money so she's keeping her daughter home.

A small clique of three other women (whose kids are best friends on the baseball team) kept rolling their eyes and asking each other why everyone else was already talking about summer camps when it's only February. April or May was a more appropriate time to look into camps in their opinions.

And then there were two moms involved in a summer camp discussion I found fascinating.

In fact -- even though they had no intention of doing so and don't realize they even did --  the two of them stumbled upon the #1 secret of how to choose the best summer camp for kids in Los Angeles or anywhere for that matter.

Here's  how it went down.

When one of these two ladies asked the other if she knew of some good camps in town, the second lady one shrugged and said, "I'll just ask my son where he wants to go and send him there. He's really into cooking lately and mentioned a few cooking camps he's interested in, that's probably what we'll do."


That lady discovered the #1 secret to choosing the best summer camp.

And it's very simple.

Here it is again in case you missed it: The secret of picking the best summer camp is sending your kids to camp where THEY want to go.

What it comes down to is this.

When you involve your kids in the decision-making process, they'll look forward to camp and be super excited about going. They whole experience will be positive.

But guess what happens when parents make a unilateral decision without consulting their kids about camp? Bad news all around.

After running my own L.A. summer camp for 15 years, I've come in contact with thousands of families who don't even bother checking with their own kids about which kind of camp to pick.

That's a huge mistake and recipe for disaster.

Just as a point of comparison, what if the "cooking-camp mom" mentioned instead said this: "My son really wants to go to a cooking camp, but we're sending him to a dance camp instead."

Can you imagine how horrible that camp experience would be?

Thank goodness that's just an example. In reality, this boy's mom thankfully considered her son's interests.

And when this young man arrives at cooking camp -- the cooking camp he chose himself -- he's likely to have the time of his life.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

May 4 Open House Changed to May 17

Aloha Beach Camp was planning on having an open house on Sunday, May 4 in Malibu. However, we have decided to move it to Saturday, May 17 in West Hills instead. Whether you are considering Aloha Beach Camp this year or you're already signed up, please feel free to come to the May 17 open house! And, as always, you can also schedule a free private beach tour whenever you want, where we will gladly meet you in Malibu to show you around. Let us know!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Aloha BeacH Camp Summer Camp Open House Sunday, May 4 2014

If you're looking for a fun Los Angeles summer camp experience for your kids this year, join me in Malibu at Zuma Beach, lifeguard tower 6, on Sunday, May 4 for Aloha Beach Camp's next open house.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Summer Camp Marketing Ideas

Do you run your own summer camp and need some marketing ideas to get more kids into camp? Check out Camp Marketing It's a summer camp marketing blog for camp pros like you!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Best Summer Camps in Los Angeles for Teenagers

One of the dilemmas facing older kids and teens (and their parents for that matter) is finding summer camps they'll enjoy. Especially here in Los Angeles, lots of camps are geared toward "younger" kids. But there's DEFINITELY no shortage of camps just for teens, just need to know where to look! That's why I just wrote an article of how to find the best summer camps in L.A. for teens. Hope it helps!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Eric Naftulin or Eric D. Naftulin - There's 5 of Us With the Same Name

I just found out there's at LEAST 5 other people named either Eric Naftulin or Eric D. Naftulin in the United States. That just seems crazy to me considering Naftulin's not a very common name! In fact once in a while I get calls or emails or letters meant for other Eric Naftulins. Funny!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Which Los Angeles Summer Camps are Best?

I just wrote an article about how to identify the best summer camps in Los Angeles (or anywhere else, for that matter). My position is that the best camp for one person may not be best for another -- it's all subjective and based on personal choice. Let me know if you enjoy the article! :)