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Plan ahead: Arizona parents should enroll kids in summer camp early to get deals

This June 2014 photo provided by Courtesy of Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center shows kids hiking on a trail at the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, in Cedar Hill, Texas. (Sean Fitzgerald/Courtesy Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center via AP)

PHOENIX — Even though summer is months away, parents in Arizona who are hoping to send their children to summer camp should register as soon as possible in order to take advantage of the best deals.

Kimberly Fischer, associate publisher of Arizona Parenting, said not only do most summer camps fill up quickly, but most offer early bird discounts for parents who are looking to get the ball rolling.

Fischer said discounts could run as high as 20 percent, “so it’s definitely worthwhile to check into it now.”

Parents should also extensively research the camps they hope to sign their children up for, including staff qualifications, certifications and training.

Fischer said she encourages parents to send their kids to summer camps because it is a great way for kids to pursue their passion or try something new.

There are plenty of different campus available in Arizona, from music camps to sports camps. Fischer said parents should include their kids in the camp decision-making process.

For parents and children who are looking to expand their knowledge of local camps, Fischer said Arizona Parenting is holding a summer expo on March 19, with 50 camps expected to be in attendance.

“We also do a lot of camp activities for the kids, so it’s really an event for the whole family,” Fischer said.

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