It used to be that a traditional camp was the only option for 11-13 year olds. The number of teen programs pushing down the age of their trips is remarkable. There are so many more community service, wilderness, and language programs for this age cohort.
Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
Tips on Trips and Camps, Inc. ("Tips") recently held its 42nd Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. For three days Tips’ consultants reviewed last summer and discussed plans for the 2013 recruiting season. Eve Eifler, Co-Director, said, “This meeting is vital to the strength of our organization. It’s an opportunity for the consultants to focus on increasing program knowledge, enhance their consulting skills and discuss industry challenges." Many topics were covered, including details from site visits made to over 70 different camps and teen experiences. Consultants traveled from the Bay Area in Northern California to the Hill Country area of Texas. They traveled from the North woods of Minnesota and Wisconsin to the Northeastern camps in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. These visits provide an opportunity for the consultants to evaluate the programs while in session and to broaden the offerings to reflect the varied interests of clients.
Another focus of the meeting was to learn about the new offerings for the coming summer from teen program directors. One new trend is the plethora of travel programs for middle school aged students. Tips on Trips and Camps co-owner Carey Rivers said, "It used to be that a traditional camp was the only option for 11-13 year olds. The number of teen programs pushing down the age of their trips is remarkable. There are so many more community service, wilderness, and language programs for this age cohort." In addition, there are other noteworthy teen programs this year, like pre-law, medicine and business programs for teens, teen tours that include sports instruction and training, and more "gap year" semesters. Consultants were also surprised by the growth in film and photography programs, as well as programs focusing on the "farm to table" movement.
Tips on Trips and Camps was started by two moms in Baltimore in 1971 who wanted a better way to research camps and teen programs for their own children. Today, Tips serves families throughout the United States and abroad via the internet and maintains area offices in Baltimore, Boston, Washington, D.C., New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southern Florida, Connecticut, St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas, New Jersey, Paris (France) and Barcelona (Spain).
Parents can call their local Tips consultants or register on the Tips website http://www.tipsontripsandcamps.com and get instant, FREE access to hundreds of carefully screened and selected camps and teen programs. Rivers said, “We provide clients with the information they need to make an educated decision on summer programs for their child – from questions for directors, to references to call, to on-site visit reports. We are better than Google!” Eifler continues, “Our service is invaluable to the parents who know to use it. Our business is mainly word-of-mouth and we keep our clients happy! Of the hundreds of placements we made to camps and teen programs in 2012, 96% of families rated our matches as EXCELLENT or GOOD."