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I am just starting to research summer camps for the 1st time. My daughter is 6 years old and very physically active, energetic, and won't sit still for long periods. I have heard pretty good things about the Dimond Rec center and Montclair rec center programs. They are very affordable and convenient for me as a single parent. I am wondering if anyone has any experience with these programs either positive or negative. Specifically, what is the quality of the camp counselors? Do you think they have any training and are they fairly responsible? The Dimond rec center has the option of signing up simultaneously for swim lessons, which is very attractive. Has anyone done this? Finally, beyond these 2 programs, does anyone else have recommendations for camps that allow for a lot of outdoor time, some structured activities, but a lot of unstructured time as well. Price is not a huge consideration since I only have to cover a few weeks at the end of the summer this year. I do need a program that is either all day or offers an aftercare option. Thank you for any guidance!
Our kindergartner usually attends YMCA day camp on breaks but we're curious about the Oakland Parks & Rec. day camp held at Dimond Park -- specifically, for the spring break. Can you share your experiences with that camp, or any other Oakland Parks & Rec day camps? Lisa in Oakland
A spring break camp is a perfect amount of time to try it out and see what you think. We now go to programs at Dimond occasionally, but not for year-long after school or all summer because my child does not want to be there that long.
We have tried many other Oakland Parks and Rec camps and the atmosphere at each is different. My child really liked Sheffield Village-- very small group of kids and very relaxed, in a cozy little park. anon
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